Environment and natural resource sociology, sociology of community, research methods, demography, watershed health, place attachment. My research and teaching interests center around the interactions between human populations and the environment in which they live. My most recent research activities involve two specific areas of investigation. First, I am working with colleagues at Southern Illinois University on an interdisciplinary investigation of water quality and community capacity for planning and conservation with the overall goal of evaluating and communicating watershed and community health risks in eight subwatershed communities in Southern Illinois. Second, I am working on a social assessment of attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding water quality and watershed management in the Nippersink Creek watershed in Northern Illinois. This project is funded by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IL-EPA) 319 Program.
Krannich, Richard S., Peggy Petrazelka, and Joan M. Brehm. 2006. “Social change and well-being in western amenity-growth communities” in The Population of Rural America: Demographic Research for a New Century. Brown, David L. and William Kandel, Eds.
Eisenhauer, Brian W., Joan M. Brehm, and Nicholas Stevenson. “Changing homeowner’s lawn care behavior to reduce nutrient runoff”. Society and Natural Resources. Accepted for Publication May 27, 2015.
Brehm, Joan M., Brian W. Eisenhauer, and Richard C. Stedman. 2013 “Environmental concern: Examining the role of place meaning and place attachment” Society and Natural Resources, Volume 26, No. 5, Pg. 522-538.
Brehm, Joan M., Danielle Pasko, Brian W. Eisenhauer. 2013 “Identifying key factors in homeowner’s adoption of water quality Best Management Practices” Environmental Management, Volume 52, No. 1, pg. 113-122
Brinkman, E., E. Seekamp, et al. 2012 “Community capacity for watershed conservation: A quantitative assessment of indicators and core dimensions.” Environmental Management. Vol. 50, No. 4, pg. 736-749.
Brehm, Joan M. 2007. “Community attachment unpacked: The complexities of the natural environment dimension.” Human Ecology,Vol. 35, No. 4, pp. 477-488.
Brehm, Joan M, Brian W. Eisenhauer, and Richard S. Krannich. 2006. “Community attachments as predictors of local environmental concern: The case for multiple dimensions of attachment.” American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 50, No. 2. pg. 142-165.
Brehm, Joan M. and Brian W. Eisenhauer. 2006. “Environmental concern in the Mormon Culture Region.” Society and Natural Resources, Vo. 19, No. 5. pg. 393-410.