Dr. Courtney Flint

Environment & Society


Dr. Courtney Flint

Contact Information

Office Location: NR 316
Phone: (435) 797-8653
Email: courtney.flint@usu.edu
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Courtney Flint joined the Department of Environment & Society in 2021 after 8 years in the Sociology Program at USU. Prior to that she was an associate/assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

As a natural resource sociologist and interdisciplinary environmental social scientist, Dr. Flint’s work focuses on people’s perspectives and collective actions in changing landscapes and social and natural resource conditions. She prioritizes providing sound data to support local and regional decisions on land use, natural resource management, and local and regional wellbeing.

Dr. Flint’s PhD is in Rural Sociology from The Pennsylvania State University. She has a MS in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BS in Geography from Northern Arizona University.

Research Interests

Over her career, Dr. Flint has worked closely with researchers from water science, engineering, forestry, biogeochemistry, plant phytochemistry, agricultural science and engineering, systems ecology, landscape planning, and other sciences as well as local leaders and representatives of citizen action groups. She sees working across disciplinary lines, as well as working with people beyond the scientific realm, is integral to addressing complex social-environmental changes. Along these lines, she is a Co-PI on USU’s NSF-funded Climate Adaptation Science (CAS) graduate training program.

Current projects include: 1) The Utah Wellbeing Project - an assessment of local wellbeing and perspectives across Utah cities to inform local and regional planning processes; 2) research on river organizations in the U.S. Intermountain West to better understand the social ecology of rivers and what leads to successful collaboration and outcomes; 3) a stakeholder assessment on priorities for the Santa Fe Watershed in New Mexico; 4) research and engagement on sustainability transformations and rural-urban connections in the Intermountain West as part of a NSF-funded Sustainable Regional Systems project; and 5) research on hydroclimatic extremes and geospatial/cyberinfrastructure innovations and advancements as part of a NSF-funded Harnessing the Data Revolution project.

Dr. Flint serves on a National Academy of Sciences committee to advance Earth Systems Science. Dr. Flint serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the chair of the subcommittee on Sustainable and Healthy Communities. She also serves on the advisory board for the Doctoral School on Human River Systems in the 21st Century at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria and on the Afromontane Research Unit advisory board for the University of the Free State, QwaQwa Campus in South Africa.

Graduate Students

  • Leonard Henderson – PhD Sociology
  • Kristen Koci – PhD Sociology
  • Sarah Wilson – MS Environment & Society