About c.a.s.e.’s Research Director & Founder


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Dr. Simona L. Perry is an applied social and environmental scientist and community rights advocate.  Her science and advocacy seeks to develop and implement community-centered practices focused on principles of long-term resilience, self-determination, collaborative and adaptive governance, human rights, and rights of nature.

Her applied work over the past 12 years on rivers, natural areas, energy infrastructure, and cultural history has involved collaborative, participant-driven documentation, analysis, and development of emergent processes that address rapid social-environmental change and conflicts. Her broad theoretical and practical focus is on centering the everyday lives of individuals and communities in a rapidly changing and globalized world, ensuring that policy analyses and technocratic interventions are locally-informed and relevant, and incorporating deliberative dialogue and dynamic facilitation processes into complex social and environmental debates. She is currently writing a memoir based on her ethnographic fieldwork with rural landowners along the Susquehanna River in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

In 2012 Dr. Perry founded c.a.s.e. Consulting Services LLC, a roots-based consultancy providing local, regional, and national consulting services to rural and urban communities and organizations directly impacted by rapid social and environmental changes and conflicts. Her clients have included environmental justice communities, environmental advocacy organizations, voter rights organizations, public safety organizations, human rights collaboratives, universities, and government agencies. 

Dr. Perry has been on the Board of Directors of the Pipeline Safety Coalition since 2012.

In 2016, she was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to serve a three-year term as a safety advocate representative on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Working Group on Voluntary Information-Sharing. In 2020 she transitioned to the role of Executive Director of the Coalition when the organization’s Founder and first E.D., Lynda Farrell, retired. 

She served as the Civic Professionalism Program Director for Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN), was a Research Scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in 2012, and from 2009-2011 was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Scholar at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  From 2004 to 2006 she directed a non-profit international environmental education organization based in Washington, D.C., and from 1995 to 2003 she worked as a field biologist, environmental regulator, and policy analyst with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Massachusetts, Seattle, California, and Maryland.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology and management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her Master’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Washington, Seattle and her Doctoral degree in the human dimensions of natural resources from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.