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Brian Mayer’s research interests focus on the social production of environmental health risks and the contestations that emerge around environmental problems in the areas of science, policy, and medicine. His work in environmental sociology has examined the role of community activism and participation in the identification and management of potential environmental health risks. Recent research projects include a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences funded project to examine the long-term psychosocial and community health impacts of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an investigation of the use of community-based science in social movement organizations, and a project funded by the National Science Foundation to explore the interactions of labor and environmental social movement organizations in the United States. Through his qualitative research methodology, Dr. Mayer often makes use of community-based participatory research to engage local stakeholders in the research process.

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Courses
  • CIES
    Core Issues in Environmental Sociology

  • ES
    Environmental Sociology

  • DHS
    Disasters, Health & Society

  • EHS
    Environment, Health, and Society

  • HS
    Health and Society

Grants
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    Innovations in Social Science Learning: The Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2016

    $248.9K
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    Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research (CIEHR)

    Co-Investigator (COI)

    2015

    $3.6M
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    Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research (CIEHR)

    Co-Investigator (COI)

    2015

    $1.5M
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    Health Impact of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in Eastern Gulf Coast Communities

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2015

    $271.6K
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    Health Impact of Deepwater Horizon Spill in Eastern Gulf Coast Communities

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2014

    $229.4K
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    Health Impact of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in Eastern Gulf Coast Communities

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2013

    $176.6K
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    Modeling the Interplay and Community and Community Resilience for Recovery from Hurricane Sandy

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2013

    $107.0K
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    Community Based Assessment of Social Vulnerability and Resillency

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2012

    $163.4K
News
  • Poverty Project Focuses on Housing, Evictions

    2020

  • Customer Behavior is Driving Pandemic Distress for Grocery Store Workers, Report Finds

    2020

  • Students Pitch Ideas for Improving Life in One Tucson Neighborhood

    2019

  • Poverty Project Focuses on Neighborhood Satisfaction, Health

    2018

  • Annual Poverty Project Focuses on Financial Literacy

    2017

  • UA Workshop Discovers Barriers Among Poor

    2016

  • UA Student Project Tackles Poverty in Tucson

    2015

  • Books Are Merely Part of Library's Vast Resources

    2015

  • UA Poverty Field Workshop Presents Its Findings

    2015

  • UA Hosts Meeting on Environmental Health

    2015

  • Addressing Poverty, One Data Point at a Time

    2014

  • UA Sociologist Studies Resiliency in Communities Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

    2013

  • UA Studies Socioeconomic Impacts of Deepwater Horizon Spill

    2013

Publications (82)
Recent
  • Doubt in store: vaccine hesitancy among grocery workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

    2022

  • The impact of workplace safety and customer misbehavior on supermarket workers' stress and psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic

    2022

  • Grocery workers suffer the mental health effects of customer hostility and lack of safety in their workplace

    2021

  • Pipes or Prisms? Personal Networks, Network Mechanisms, and Formal Support Receipt In The Wake Of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

    2021

  • Pipes or Prisms? Personal Networks, Network Mechanisms, and Formal Support Receipt In The Wake Of Deepwater (Sep, 10.1080/00380253.2020. 1786478, 2020)

    2021

  • Mental health impacts of COVID-19 on grocery store workers in Arizona: Results from online surveys

    2021

  • Socio-Ecological Systems

    2021

  • Frontline essential workers at risk in Arizona: the safety, health, and financial impacts of COVID-19

    2020

  • Urban resilience and green infrastructure systems: towards a multidimensional evaluation

    2020

  • Establishing guidelines for community advisory boards in public health research

    2020

  • Social Capital and Receipt of Formal Recovery Support Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

    2020

  • The exigencies of transboundary water security: insights on community resilience

    2020

  • “The Community Helped Me:” Community Cohesion and Environmental Concerns in Personal Assessments of Post-Disaster Recovery

    2020

  • A multidimensional assessment of urban resilience from green infrastructure systems

    2020

  • Development of Guidelines to Improve the Effectiveness of Community Advisory Boards in Health Research

    2020

  • A review of the literature on community resilience and disaster recovery

    2019

  • Environmental Risk Perceptions and Community Health: Arsenic, Air Pollution, and Threats to Traditional Values of the Hopi Tribe

    2019

  • 2017 State of Tucson’s Human Service Nonprofit Sector: Service Strengths, Gaps, and Changes in Funding

    2018

  • Improving Student Learning Outcomes through Community-based Research: The Poverty Workshop

    2018

  • How to develop an effective community advisory board for public health research: Guidelines for formation, operation, and evaluation

    2017

  • Community Recovery Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: A Theory of Cultural Resilience

    2017

  • Transformative environmental threats: behavioral and attitudinal change five years after the deepwater horizon oil spill

    2017

  • Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop Community Forum Report 2017

    2017

  • Community resilience its importance for SES studies

    2017

  • Fracking the Neighborhood: Reluctant Activists and Natural Gas Drilling

    2017

  • A framework for improving resilience: Adaptation in urban contexts

    2016

  • School Custodians and Green Cleaners: LaborEnvironment Coalitions and Toxics Reduction

    2016

  • Bringing people back in: crisis planning and response embedded in social contexts

    2016

  • Long-Term Psychological Effects Following Toxic Contamination: Does Permant Residential Relocation Matter?

    2016

  • Compensation and Community Corrosion: Perceived Inequalities, Social Comparisons, and Competition Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

    2015

  • Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop Community Forum Presentation

    2015

  • The Resilience Activation Framework: A conceptual model of how access to social resources promotes adaptation and rapid recovery in post-disaster settings

    2015

  • The Social Networks of Resilience following an Environmental Disaster

    2014

  • Assessing the Relationship between Social Vulnerability and Community Resilience to Hazards

    2014

  • Unfamiliar Terrain: Perceptions of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Implications for Community Recovery

    2014

  • Science as comfort: The strategic use of science in post-disaster settings

    2014

  • Science as Comfort

    2014

  • The Role of Anger in Inhibiting Mental Health Recovery from Disaster

    2014

  • Sur la piste environnementale: Menaces sanitaires et mobilisations profanes

    2013

  • Psychological responses and resilience of people and communities impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

    2013

  • 'Relax and Take a Deep Breath': Print Media Coverage of Asthma and Air Pollution in the United States

    2012

  • Book Review: The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America’s Eden

    2012

  • ‘Relax and take a deep breath’: print media coverage of asthma and air pollution in the United States

    2012

  • Response to Laura A. Henry’s review of Blue–Green Coalitions: Fighting for Safe Workplaces and Healthy Communities

    2011

  • 2. Embodied Health Movements

    2011

  • Red to Green: Environmental Activism in Post-Soviet Russia. By Laura A. Henry. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2010. 282p. 24.95 paper.

    2011

  • 7. The Health Politics Of Asthma: Environmental Justice And Collective Illness Experience

    2011

  • Blue-green coalitions: Fighting for safe workplaces and healthy communities

    2011

  • The role of employers and supervisors in promoting pesticide safety behavior among Florida farmworkers

    2010

  • Field analysis and policy ethnography in the study of health social movements

    2010

  • Health social movements: advancing traditional medical sociology concepts

    2010

  • Labor-Environmental Coalition Formation: Framing and the Right to Know

    2010

  • Cross‐movement coalition formation: Bridging the labor‐environment divide

    2009

  • Blue-green coalitions: fighting for the right to know

    2009

  • Bucket brigades and community-based environmental monitoring

    2007

  • Harnessing the power of information through community monitoring: Insights from social science

    2007

  • School custodians and green cleaners: New approaches to labor—Environment coalitions

    2007

  • Blue and Green Shades of Health: Forging Cross-movement Coalitions Between Labor and Environmental Organizations

    2006

  • Social movements in health: responses to and shapers of a changed medical world

    2006

  • “A lab of our own” environmental causation of breast cancer and challenges to the dominant epidemiological paradigm

    2006

  • Embodied health movements: Responses to a ‘scientized’world

    2006

  • Boston Public Schools Green Cleaners Project Pilot Program Assessment

    2005

  • Authority in Contention

    2004

  • Life support: The environment and human health.

    2004

  • Embodied health movements: new approaches to social movements in health

    2004

  • Clearing the Air and Breathing Freely

    2004

  • Clearing the air and breathing freely: the health politics of air pollution and asthma

    2004

  • Patient activism and the struggle for diagnosis: Gulf War illnesses and other medically unexplained physical symptoms in the US

    2004

  • 12. Clearing the Air and Breathing Freely

    2004

  • Embodied health movements: uncharted territory in social movement research

    2004

  • Embodied health movements and challenges to the dominant epidemiological paradigm

    2004

  • The health politics of asthma: environmental justice and collective illness experience in the United States

    2003

  • Chemicals and Casualties

    2003

  • Science, Knowledge, and Environmental Causation of Breast Cancer

    2003

  • Science, policy, activism, and war: Defining the health of Gulf War veterans

    2002

  • Policy issues in environmental health disputes

    2002

  • Moving further upstream: from toxics reduction to the precautionary principle.

    2002

  • The Precautionary Principle Movement: Collective Framing and Common Sense in Environmental Policy

    2002

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2001-1: 30 PM Abstract# 20341 Gulf War illnesses-toxics, stress, and other approaches to mysterious ailments

    2001

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