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Thomas Beamish
Associated Faculty, Energy Efficiency Center
Associate Professor, Sociology


Dr. Thomas Beamish holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is Associate Director of the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center as well as Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis

He has studied innovation processes in the commercial construction/real estate industry; social and organizational response to environmental change and disaster; and how and why community movements mobilize and respond as they do to “risky” developments. What ties these diverse projects together is his theoretical fascination with the intersection of institutions, social organization, and interpretive work. His focus in each of these projects has been the collective bases for “local rationalities”; how sensemaking emerges from the places people live, the formal and informal social relations they are embedded within; and the collective memories and cognitive models they share as a result that help to explain their actions and inactions.