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Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

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Phone: (208) 885-6264
Fax: (208) 885-5759

Mailing Address:
Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2334
Moscow, ID 83844-2334

Lorie Higgins

Lorie Higgins

Office: Agricultural Science Building
Room 30

Phone: (208) 885-9717
Email: higgins@uidaho.edu

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
Extension Specialist, Associate Professor

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Natural Resource Conflict and Decision-Making
    • Environmental Policy and Programs
    • Rural Sociology and Sociology of Agriculture
    • Rural Community and Organizational Development
    • Qualitative and Participatory Research Methods
    • The Arts and Regional Economic Development
    • Community Leadership Development
    • Entrepreneurship
  • Selected Publications
    • Carroll, M., P. Jakes, and L. Higgins, 2011 “Non-Tribal Community Recovery from Wildfire Five Years Later: The Case of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire.” Society and Natural Resources 24 (7).
    • Cohen, K., L. Higgins, N. Sanyal, and C. Harris, 2009 “Community Coaching: Answering the Call For Innovative Approaches to Community-Based Development Initiatives.” Journal of the Community Development Society, 39(4).
    • Carroll, M.S., L.L. Higgins, P.J. Cohn, and J. Burchfield, 2006 “Community Wildfire Events as a Source of Conflict.”  Rural Sociology, 71(2):261-280.
    • Carroll, M.S, P.J. Cohn, D.N. Seesholtz, and L.L. Higgins, 2005 “Fire as a Galvanizing and Fragmenting Influence on Communities: The Case of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire.”  Society and Natural Resources, 18(4):301-320.
    • Jussaume Jr., R.A., and L.L. Higgins, 1998, “Attitudes Towards Food Safety and the Environment: A Comparison of Consumers in Japan and the U.S.”  Rural Sociology, 63(3):394-411.
    • Higgins, L.L. and R.A. Jussaume Jr., 1998 “The Viability of Niche Marketing Within Global Commodity Chains:  An Example from Beef.”  International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food, 7:45-66.
    • Higgins, L. and L. Lutzenhiser, 1995 “Ceremonial Equity:  Low-Income Energy Assistance and the Failure of Socio-Environmental Policy.” Social Problems, 42:468-492.
  • Awards and Honors
    • Community Resource & Economic Development (CRED) National Leaders Team, Western representative, 2011 – present
    • Program Director, Two Degrees Northwest: Where Art Meets the Land, 2007 – present
    • Clearwater Economic Development Association, Community and Economic Development Committee, 2007-2010
    • Uniquely Idaho Committee for the Promotion and Support of Cultural Tourism in Idaho, 2006 – 2008
    • Leadership Team Member, Enhancing Rural Capacity Co-P for eXtension (eXtension.org).
    • Co-Director, Northwest Area Foundation's Horizons Program, 2004 -2005
    • Idaho Community Review Steering Committee, 2003 – present
    • Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Research Fellowship, 1998 – 2001