Ryan Stock, assistant professor in NMU's Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department, was nominated to serve as the Vice Chair of the American Association of Geographers' Energy & Environment Specialty Group. In this capacity, he has led several initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion and is currently planning the annual Energy Geography Conference.
Stock maintains a global research program through his Illume Lab, collaborating with many scholars and students worldwide. He recently launched a new research project, entitled Daybreak Wastescapes, illuminating the social and environmental injustices of solar e-waste in India.
He initiated another new project, in collaboration with Dr. Efadul Huq (Smith College) and the River and Delta Research Centre in Dhaka, entitled Just Riverine Urbanisms, that studies the social movements of marginalized fisherfolk along the Turag River in Bangladesh that mobilize against river pollution and displacement.
Stock recently completed a research study with Dr. Benjamin Sovacool (Boston University) entitled Left in the Dark, studying the environmental injustices at each stage of the solar PV lifecycle in India. He is also finishing up a research collaboration with Dr. Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong (University of Denver) and Dr. Philip Antwi-Agyei (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology), entitled Volta Photovoltaics, examining the gender politics of solar development in Ghana.
Undergraduate and graduate students from multiple universities, including NMU, have been involved in these projects.