Alex Kudryavtsev (Alex Russ)
I am an environmental education researcher in the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University. I explore urban environmental education, and social outcomes of urban agriculture education. I also develop online courses for professional development of environmental educators. CV (PDF file)
I believe that through environmental education we can empower urban residents to influence institutions that shape our environment, such as polycentric environmental governance, deliberative democracy, and resilient social-ecological systems.
Outside research and teaching, I am a traveler (7 continents, 50 states, and 38 countries so far), vegan, reader, and lover of national parks.
In 2019-2022, we are exploring how urban agriculture in New York City – in community gardens, public schools, and positive youth development programs – encourage youth to become more civically engaged environmental citizens Co-PIs: Kudryavtsev, and Krasny; Sponsored by Federal Capacity Fund.
We are looking at how social norm messages and study group discussions influence the outcomes of professional development online course for environmental educators. Co-PIs: Krasny, Kizilcec, Li, and Kudryavtsev; Sponsored by Cornell China Center.
DuBois, B., Krasny, M., and Russ, A. (2019). Online professional development for environmental educators: Strategies to foster critical thinking and social interactions. Environmental Education Research, 25(10), 1479-1494. doi: 10.1080/13504622.2018.1564247 PDF
Russ, A., Peters, S.J., Krasny, M.E., and Stedman, R.C. (2015). Development of ecological place meaning in New York City. Journal of Environmental Education, 46(2), 73–93. doi: 10.1080/00958964.2014.999743 PDF
Krasny, M.E., Kalbacker, L., Stedman, R.C., and Russ, A. (2015). Measuring social capital among youth: Applications in environmental education. Environmental Education Research, 21(1): 1-23. 10.1080/13504622.2013.843647 PDF
Kudryavtsev, A., Stedman, R., and Krasny, M. (2011). Sense of place in environmental education. Environmental Education Research, 18(2), 229–250. doi: 10.1080/13504622.2011.609615 PDF
Sample video lectures
Nature Education: Definition and Background
Environmental Education Outcomes: Sense of Place
This video is part of the Civic Ecology Lab's "Environmental Education Outcomes" online course.