Scholars

Robert J. Brulle

Brown University
United States

Robert Brulle is a Visiting Professor of Environment and Society at Brown University in Providence RI, and an Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. His research focuses on U.S. environmental politics, critical theory, and the political and cultural dynamics of climate change. He is the author of over one hundred publications in these areas, and is the author of three books: Agency, Democracy and the Environment: The U.S. Environmental Movement from the Perspective of Critical Theory, co-editor, with David Pellow, of Power, Justice and the Environment, and co-editor, with Riley Dunlap, of Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives. He was awarded the Frederick H. Buttle Distinguished Contribution Award to Environmental Sociology by the American Sociological Association in 2016, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association in 2018. Prior to his employment in the academic field, Dr. Brulle served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for twenty four years, where his area of expertise was in the field of environmental response and pollution prevention.

Publications

Riley Dunlap and Robert Brulle. “Sources & amplifiers of climate science denial, in Cook, J. (Ed.) The Research Handbook in Communicating Climate Change”
Elgar, Forthcoming.

Robert J. Brulle. “Denialism: Organized Opposition to Climate Change Action in the United States for the Handbook on U.S. Environmental Policy,”
Elgar (April 2020).

Robert J. Brulle, Aronczyk, M., & Carmichael, J. “Corporate promotion and climate change: an analysis of key variables affecting advertising spending by major oil corporations, 1986–2015,”
Climatic Change (December 2019).

Robert J. Brulle. “Networks of opposition: a structural analysis of US climate change countermovement coalitions 1989–2015,”
Sociological Inquiry (October 2019).

Robert J. Brulle and Melissa Aronczyk. “Organized Opposition to Climate Change Action in the United States.” In the Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance, 
Chapter 17, pp. 218 – 229 (October 2019).

Justin Farrell, Kathryn McConnell, & Robert Brulle. 2019. “Evidence-based strategies to combat scientific misinformation”
Nature Climate Change (January 2019).

Robert J. Brulle. 2018. “The Climate Lobby: A Sectoral Analysis of Lobbying Spending on Climate Change in the United States – 2000 to 2016,”
Climatic Change (July 2018).

Robert J. Brulle and J. Timmons Roberts. 2017. “Climate Misinformation Campaigns and Public Sociology,”
Contexts (March 2017).

Robert J. Brulle. 2014. “Institutionalizing delay: foundation funding and the creation of US climate change counter-movement organizations,”
Climatic Change (February 2014).

Robert J. Antonio and Robert J. Brulle. 2011. “The Unbearable Lightness of Politics: Climate Change Denial & Political Polarization”
Sociological Quarterly (April 2011).

Media Coverage

Robert Brulle’s research on oil and gas industry advertising discussed by Nicholas Kusnetz. “What Does Net Zero Emissions Mean for Big Oil? Not What You Think,” InsideClimate News, July 16, 2020.

Robert Brulle’s research on climate denial advertising discussed by William F. Lamb. “Guest post: How ‘discourses of delay’ are used to slow climate action,” Carbon Brief, July 6, 2020.

Robert Brulle’s research on the climate change counter movement web discussed by Joan Conrow. “Anti-science groups drive US protests against COVID lockdowns,” Alliance for Science, April 24, 2020.

Robert Brulle’s research on climate lobbying discussed by Isaac Stanley-Becker & Tony Romm. “The anti-quarantine protests seem spontaneous. But behind the scenes, a powerful network is helping,” The Washington Post, April 22, 2020.

Robert Brulle’s research on public relations campaigns by the fossil fuel industry discussed by Nicholas Kusnetz. “Heartland Launches Website of Contrarian Climate Science Amid Struggles With Funding and Controversy,” InsideClimate News, March 13, 2020.

Robert Brulle quoted by Emma Cosgrove in “Union Pacific to tackle emissions reduction with science-based targets,” Supply Chain Dive, March 11, 2020.

Robert Brulle quoted by Paul Armstrong in “Amazon Primed: Amazon Care Launches, Bezos $10 Billion Blunder, Pentagon Documents,” Forbes, February 23, 2020.

Robert Brulle’s research on the climate change countermovement discussed by Louise Matsakis. “With a $10 Billion Fund, Jeff Bezos Can Control the Planet’s Future,” Wired, February 20, 2020.

Robert Brulle’s research on the climate change countermovement discussed by Benjamin Storrow & Scott Waldman. “‘Wildly successful.’ How Bob Murray helped denialism,” E&E News, December 18, 2019.

Robert Brulle’s research on oil company advertising summarized by Brown University. “Climate change legislation, media coverage drives oil companies’ ad spending, study finds,” Phys.org, Dec 17, 2019.

Robert Brulle’s research on oil company advertising discussed by Jill Kimball-Brown. “Congress and climate news spark oil company ads,” Futurity, December 17, 2019.

Robert Brulle’s research on the climate change countermovement web discussed by Robinson Meyer. “A Major but Little-Known Supporter of Climate Denial: Freight Railroads,” The Atlantic, December 13, 2019.

Robert Brulle’s research on the climate change countermovement discussed by Élan Young. “Exxon knew — and so did coal,” Gristle, November 29, 2019.

Robert Brulle’s research on the climate change countermovement discussed by Élan Young. “Coal Knew, Too,” Mother Jones, November 25, 2019.

Robert Brulle’s research on the climate change countermovement discussed by Tom Hale. “Who Funds The Climate Change Denial Movement?,” IFL Science, October 7, 2019.

Robert Brulle quoted by Scott Waldman & Adam Aton in “Trump’s conspiracy theories on Ukraine echo climate claims,” E&E News, October 1, 2019.

Robert Brulle quoted by Ryan Mac & Zahra Hirji in “Google Is Promoting Climate Change Denialism On Its Apps and Mobile Homepage,” Buzzfeed News, September 5, 2019.

Robert Brulle quoted by Jillian Mock & John Schwartz in “What if We All Ate a Bit Less Meat?,” The New York Times, August 21, 2019.

Robert Brulle quoted by Alexander C. Kaufman in “HuffPost Just Published a Bombshell Story About the EPA,” Mother Jones, June 15, 2019.

Robert Brulle’s research on climate lobbying discussed by Josh Gabbatiss. “Lobbying against key US climate regulation ‘cost society $60bn,’ study finds,” Carbon Brief, May 28, 2019.

Robert Brulle’s research on climate lobbying discussed by Benjamin Ryan. “These Days, It’s Not About the Polar Bears,” The New York Times, May 12, 2019.

Robert Brulle’s research on climate lobbying discussed by Amy Westervelt. “Why Are ‘The New York Times’ and ‘The Washington Post’ Producing Ads for Big Oil?” The Nation, April 22, 2019.

Robert Brulle quoted by Sharon Lerner in “How the Media Launders Fossil Fuel Industry Propaganda Through Branded Content,” The Intercept, April 3, 2019.

Robert Brulle quoted by Joe Romm in “Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are quietly helping Big Oil destroy the climate,” ThinkProgress, February 28, 2019.

Robert Brulle quoted by Andrew Revkin in “Most Americans now worry about climate change – and want to fix it,” National Geographic, January 23, 2019.

Robert Brulle’s research on climate lobbying discussed by Josh Gabbatiss. “Major polluters spend 10 times as much on climate lobbying as green groups, study finds,” The Independent, July 19, 2018.

“When Climate Change Was a Nonpartisan Issue,” Robert Brulle, Yes Magazine, June 19, 2018.

Robert Brulle’s research on the climate change countermovement discussed by Robert O’Harrow Jr. “A two-decade crusade by conservative charities fueled Trump’s exit from Paris climate accord,” The Washington Post, September 5, 2017.