Scholarly Work

I keep up a regular schedule of teaching and writing. In addition to offering my Year-Long Training in eastern Ontario, I am one of the instructors (along with Linda Buzzell and Craig Chalquist) for the annual Certificate in Ecopsychology on-line program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. I taught for a number of years at the University of Vermont, but am now keeping it all closer to home.

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. 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.

My most recent thinking can be found in two lengthy articles I wrote for the Ecopsychology journal. The first, "Ecopsychology as Decolonial Praxis," (Sept. 2019, Vol. 11, No. 3) shifts my framing of ecopsychology from a radical praxis to a more specifically decolonial praxis. This for me clarifies further the form ecopsychology needs to take in order to both make sense as a field and be adequate to this urgent historical moment.

The second article, "Ecopsychology at the Crossroads: Contesting the Nature of a Field" (Sept. 2013, Vol. 5, No. 3), advances my radical interpretation of the field and challenges the "second-generation" framing of ecopsychology, which I view as a mainstreaming of the field. I have recently been thinking that a "third generation" is perhaps emerging, more akin to the radical and decolonial approach I have been tracking over the years. 

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.

Another 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). I aim in this writing again 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).

Feel free to contact me if you wish to get copies of the articles I have mentioned here. 

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 Psychology at the Brink: Revsioning Psyche, Nature, and Society. 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.