Dr. Simone Pulver, ELI Director
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
ELI is the brainchild of Dr. Simone Pulver who built and now directs the Environmental Leadership Incubator. Dr. Pulver’s proposal for ELI and commitment to sustainability won her UCSB’s 2019 Faculty Sustainability Champion. She is also the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award from the Academic Senate due to her excellence in teaching and service. As the Director of ELI, Dr. Pulver teaches the core course for the program.
Dr. Pulver arrived at UCSB as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in 2009. Prior to her arrival at UCSB, she was a research professor at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies and the Center for Environmental Studies. She received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and also hold an M.A. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, as well as a BA in Physics from Princeton University.
Her research focuses broadly on the intersection of economic action and environmental harm and seeks to integrate theoretical frameworks related to global governance, organizational theory, and economic and environmental sociology. Specifically, she has led NSF-funded research projects investigating oil industry responses to climate change, climate politics in Mexico, low carbon investments by firms in Brazil and India, and toxic pollution in US manufacturing.