MAEEC faculty Dr. Renee Lertzman in Grist

MAEEC faculty Dr. Renee Lertzman in Grist

Dr. Renee Lertzman's work bridges psychodynamic research and environmental issues. For more than 20 years, she has married the worlds of academia and professional practice through teaching and consultancy and has worked with organizations, professionals and practitioners from government, business, philanthropic and non-governmental sectors to design research tools, engagement practices and strategies suited for the uniquely challenging nature of environmental work.

Renee has appeared in a diverse set of publications including The Sun MagazineOrion Magazine, The Ecologist, Climate Access, DeSmogBlog, Sustainable Brands, and Sightline. She also is regularly commissioned to write for clients and research institutions, including the Skoll Global Threats Fund and the University College London’s Climate Sciences Communications Policy Commission.

Most recently, Renee was intereviewed for Grist: "Grist is a source of intelligent, irreverent environmental news and commentary that’s been around since 1999, when the internet was made of rubber bands. We cover climate, energy, food, cities, politics, business, green living, and the occasional adorable baby animal. Each day, we use our Clarity-o-Meter to point our readers to the news that matters most, and to translate wonky issues into stories that make sense. Our goal is to get people talking, thinking, and taking action. And it’s working: We now reach a community of more than 2 million people a month."

Grist correspondent Heather Smith posted an interview with Renee, "A talking cure for climate-based depression? It worked for Renee Lertzman", on 18 February! Check it out!

Renee’s first book, Environmental Melancholia: Psychoanalytic Dimensions of Engagement, was published by Routledge in 2015; a trade book will follow.

The MA in Envinromental Education and Communicationn program is really proud that Renee is part of our team, teaching a truly unique course that examines the psycholgoical dimensions of engaging in environmetal education and communciation.