Professor Christopher Rootes studied politics, public administration, history and law at the University of Queensland and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Government, before studying political sociology at Yale and at Oxford.
He first came to Kent to teach Sociology, and since then has taught Environmental Social Science. He has also taught Sociology at the University of New South Wales and Political Science at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Rootes' principal research interests are in environmental movements, green parties, environmental protest, environmental NGOs and the interactions between environmental campaigners and industry, government and governmental agencies, as well as the conditions of social and political order in a climate-changed world. His perspectives are cross-nationally comparative and are currently focused upon citizen action and the formation and implementation of environmental policy in respect of climate change, and on local environmental activism.
With the aim of promoting interdisciplinary research that transcends departmental boundaries, Professor Rootes founded the Centre for the Study of Social and Political Movements.
Professor Rootes’ recent current projects include:
At undergraduate level, Professor Rootes has most recently taught environmental politics and environmental policy. At postgraduate level, he convened the MA in Political Sociology, the MSc in Environmental Social Science, and several modules in these fields.
Professor Rootes offers research supervision on most aspects of environmental movements and NGOs, green parties and environmental protest.