Scholarly Work

I keep up a fairly regular schedule of teaching and writing. My main toehold in the academy is the University of Vermont, where I teach an annual intensive course on ecopsychology. Details on the course can be found here. I have also taught at Schumacher College and Viridis Graduate Institute, and am exploring other options for on-line teaching with post-secondary institutions.

 

As for my writings, my main work is the book Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life, 2nd ed. (State University of New York Press, 2013). More details on the book are available here. For the second edition I wrote a lengthy new chapter in which I reflect on how the field has developed since the book was first published in 2002. This chapter gives a good picture of my more recent thinking and an update on the field as a whole. Although there have been a number of positive developments in the last decade, I believe ecopsychology still needs to catch up with its own radicalness.

 

For those who have access to the Ecopsychology journal, I wrote a lengthy article for the fall 2013 issue (Vol. 5, No. 3): "Ecopsychology at the Crossroads: Contesting the Nature of a Field." In this article I advance my "radical" interpretation of the field and challenge the "second-generation" framing of ecopsychology, which I view as a mainstreaming of the field.

 

I offer related discussions of the first-generation/second-generation schism in the following two articles: “Clarifying the Challenges: A Response to Zhiwa Woodbury’s Review and Response to Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life (2nd Ed.), by Andy Fisher.” Ecopsychology, 5 (2013), 158-162; and “Three Arguments for a Radical Ecopsychology.” Ecopsychology, 5 (2013), 225-227.

 

A good introduction to my approach to ecopsychology is the chapter "What Is Ecopsychology? A Radical View," in the book Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species, ed. Peter Kahn, Jr. and Patrica Hasbach (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2012). This is another effort on my part to distinguish ecopsychology from mainstream approaches to the human-nature relationship by highlighting what is unique and radical about ecopsychology.

 

A shorter introduction to my approach is the chapter “Ecopsychology as Radical Praxis,” in Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, ed. Linda Buzzell and Craig Chalquist (Sierra Club, 2009). This ecotherapy anthology is a follow-up to the ecopsychology reader Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind, edited by Roszak, Gomes, and Kanner (Sierra Club, 1995).

 

Another avenue is to check out my blog on this website. I plan from time to time to throw some content there of scholarly value.

 

Finally, I am slowly writing a second book, tentatively entitled Invitation to Ecopsychology: Transforming Psychology for an Ecological World. The field of ecopsychology as a coherent project is increasingly coming into focus for me, but the challenge of presenting complex and convention-defying ideas for a popular audience remains. This is the challenge I am aiming to work out in writing this book.

 

 

Other articles I have written include the following:

 

Fisher, Andy. “Going Deep: A Review of Environmental Melancholia: Psychoanalytic Dimensions of Engagement by Renee Lertzman.” Ecopsychology, 8 (2016), 222-227.

 

Fisher, Andy. “To Praise Again: Phenomenology and the Project of Ecopsychology.” Spring Journal, 75 (2006): 153-174.

 

Fisher, Andy. “Ecopsychology.” Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, ed. Bron Taylor and Jeffrey Kaplan. Bristol: Continuum, 2005.

 

Fisher, Andy. “Toward a More Radical Ecopsychology.” Alternatives Journal 22.3 (1996): 20-26.