Dr. Simona L. Perry is a social scientist, environmental scientist, and community rights advocate. Her applied work over the past 12 years on rivers, natural areas, and people involves collaborative, participant-driven documentation, analysis, and the development of alternative mechanisms to address social-environmental change processes and conflicts. Her broad theoretical and practical focus is on understanding the everyday lives of individuals and communities in a rapidly changing world, sense of place phenomena in the face of globalized markets and identities, conducting locally-informed and relevant policy analyses and interventions, and co-developing tools for local communities that lead to solutions focused on long-term resilience, self-reliance, and human rights. She is writing an ethnographic memoir based on her on-going 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 and resources to rural and urban communities directly impacted by rapid social and environmental changes and conflicts. She most recently served as the Civic Professionalism Program Director for Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN) a network for scholarly / community collaboration to build economic futures based on local assets, values, and vision. She joined the Board of Directors of the Pipeline Safety Coalition in 2012. In 2016, Dr. Perry 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.
Dr. Perry 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 social science (human dimensions of natural resources conservation) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.