Picture of David Ciplet
Assistant Professor

Office: MacAllister S208

Education

Ph.D. 2015 Brown University

Biography

David Ciplet is a sociologist focused on understanding how relationships of power and inequality in environmental governance shape efforts for a more socially just society. From the negotiating halls of the United Nations to community center meeting rooms, his research uses participatory qualitative methods to explore processes of social change in climate change and energy politics. 

He has current research projects in three areas. First, he is collaboratively studying what is needed to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring sustainable energy for all people. Second, he is investigating the conditions under which activist and advocacy campaigns have found success in efforts to persuade private and public banks to divest from fossil fuels and to adopt related human rights protections. Third, he is studying how a ‘just transition’ to a low-carbon society can be best achieved in the context of growing domestic and international inequality, the erosion of worker rights, and a warming climate. 

Ciplet is a founding member and Executive Co-Director of the CU Boulder Just Transition Collaborative, which works to ensure that transitions to sustainable energy are rooted in the leadership and needs of those most directly impacted by forms of social and environmental inequality. As part of this work, he is currently working with community partners to ensure an equitable and socially just transition to a renewable energy economy in the city and county of Boulder. He also works with his students and KGNU radio station to produce the series the Brink: Stories of Inequality, Struggle and Transformation. Ciplet is an avid trail runner, mountain biker, and backcountry skier, novice guitar player, lover of good fiction, and grateful father.

A Note for Prospective Students

Professor Ciplet is not currently accepting new graduate students.