Meet the new people at ECOE: Stacia Ryder

New ECOE Director Stacia Ryder

New ECOE Director Stacia Ryder

The ECOE team continues to evolve with time. We’re keeping you up to date on the new faces to you so that you don’t wonder who they are when you meet them. Here, we introduce Stacia Ryder, who is helping assess ECOE’s impact and support our funding bids and communications.

What is your role at ECOE Stacia?

I joined ECOE in August 2020 as a Director. I hope to contribute to Health Homes for Wellbeing and new efforts assessing and addressing fuel poverty in local communities. In general I hope to support efforts at grant writing, research and communication.

What’s your background?

In July of 2019 I moved to Exeter from Fort Collins, Colorado. I received a PhD in Sociology from Colorado State University. Now, I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the Geography Department at the University of Exeter. I have spent eight years studying the impacts of proposed fracking projects on communities in the US and the UK. I use theoretical frameworks of power and an environmental justice lens to explore institutions, decision-making processes, place attachment, community engagement and collective action in the context of energy policy across multiple governance scales. Additionally I have previous experience serving on the Fort Collin’s Women’s Commission and Community Development Block Grant Commission.

What motivated you to join ECOE?

During my graduate school training, an approach to research that resonated with me was to ‘start where you are at.’ I take that to heart and while not all of my work and research takes place in the local context, I believe it is very important to use my skills to contribute to community-building in the place where I live. In particular, I aim to use these skills to address issues of inequality and as such was interested in contributing to the work that ECOE does around fuel poverty. In addition, I believe it is vital for community members to have opportunities to be meaningfully involved in and lead energy projects and initiatives.

What should members and supporters talk to you about if they bump into you?

Beyond my interest and passion for social and environmental justice, I spend a lot of time traveling and being active in the outdoors. I am always happy to talk about these things. I also enjoy landscape photography and am an experienced hiker, rock climber and backpacker. Also, I play football for the Budleigh Salterton Women’s Football Club and have just started surfing. I am a dog lover with two husky mixes.