Chris Benner
  • Title
    • Professor
    • Dorothy E. Everett Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship Chair, and Director, Everett Program
    • Director, Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Institute for Social Transformation
  • Phone
    530-574-7585 (Cell)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, 461
    • Everett Program Office, 47 Social Sciences II Bldg
  • Office Hours Tuesdays 3:00-5:00 and by appointment (email)
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Urban studies, Labor and Social Movements, Sociology, Environmental Justice, Globalization, Community-based Research
  • Courses SOCY 30A Intro to Global Info and Soc Enterprise Studies, SOCY 107A Designing ICT Projects for Social Enterprise, SOCY 107B Project Implementation & Grant Writing

Summary of Expertise

Urban and economic geography, urban political ecology, technology and social change, environmental justice, sustainable communities, inclusive economies, city and regional planning

Biography, Education and Training

Dr. Chris Benner is the Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, Director of the Everett Program for Technology and Social Change, and a Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Rooted in an urban political ecology approach, his research examines the relationships between technological change, urban and regional development, and structures of economic opportunity.