Courtney Flint

Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology Dept

Community Development Specialist

Courtney Flint

Contact Information

Phone: 435-797-8635

Educational Background

PhD, Rural Sociology, Pennsylvania State University, 2004
Community Response to Forest Disturbance on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula
MS, Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1993
BS, Geography, Northern Arizona University, 1990


My educational training is in rural & natural resource sociology and geography. My general interests focus on socio-environmental interactions around risks and well-being at community & landscape scales.

Teaching Interests

My teaching at the undergraduate level focuses on exposing students to the social dynamics of environmental issues and building effective communication skills. At the graduate level, I guide in-depth engagement with interdisciplinary literature and methods about risks, hazards, and local to regional social-environmental interactions.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the socio-environmental interactions in rural to urban landscapes that frame resource and risk related decisions. Combining qualitative and quantitative methods, my students and I explore how perceived values and vulnerabilities influence local actions and decisions in mountain landscapes and watersheds.


CHaSS Faculty Researcher of the Year, 2017

USU College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Natural Resources Research Interest Group William R. Freudenburg Award of Merit, 2016

Rural Sociological Society

NACTA National Teaching Fellow, 2011


    Publications | Book Chapters

  • Flint, C., Krogman, N., (2014). Contemporary water issues in rural North America: Rural America in a Globalizing World: Problems and Prospects for the 2010s. West Virginia University Press
  • Flint, C., (2013). Conservation connecting multiple scales of place: Place Based Conservation: Perspectives from the Social Sciences. Springer Publishing Company
  • Luloff, A.E, Field, D.R, Krannich, R.S, Flint, C., (2007). A matrix approach for understanding people, fire, and forests: People, Fire, and Forests: A Synthesis of Wildfire Social Science . Oregon State University Press

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

  • Hale, R., Flint, C., Jackson-Smith, D., Endter-Wada, J.L, (2018). Social Dimensions of Urban Flood Experience, Exposure, and Concern. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 54:5, 1137-1150. doi: 10.1111/1752-1688.12676
  • Flint, C., Spackman Jones, A., Horsburgh, J.S, (2017). Data Management Dimensions of Social Water Science: The iUTAH Experience. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA), doi: 10.1111/1752-1688.12568
  • Yoshida, Y., Flint, C., Dolan, M., (2017). Farming between love and money: US Midwestern farmers’ human-nature relationships and impacts on watershed conservation. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, doi: 10.1080/09640568.2017.1327423
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, J., Baker, K.S, Berente, N., Flint, C., Gershenfeld, G., Haberman, M., King, J.L, Kirkpatrick, C., Lawrence, B., Lewis, S., Lenhardt, W., Mayernik, M., Mcelroy, C., Mittleman, B., Shin, N., Stall, S., Winter, S., Zaslavsky, I., (2017). Five Ways Consortia Can Catalyze Open Science. Nature, 543:7647, 615-617.
  • Qin, H., Flint, C., (2017). Changing community variations in perceptions and activeness related to the spruce bark beetle outbreak on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Sustainability, 9:1, 67. doi: doi:10.3390/su9010067
  • Flint, C., Dai, X., Jackson-Smith, D., Endter-Wada, J.L, Yeo, S.K, Hale, R., Dolan, M.K, (2017). Social and geographic contexts of water concerns in Utah. Society and Natural Resources, 30:8, 885-902. doi: 10.1080/08941920.2016.1264653
  • Hale, R.L, Armstrong, A., Baker, M.A, Bedingfield, S., Betts, D., Buahin, C., Buchert, M., Crowl, T.A, Dupont, R.R, Ehleringer, J., Endter-Wada, J.L, Flint, C., Grant, J., Hinners, S., Horsburgh, J.S, Jackson-Smith, D., Jones, A.S, Licon, C., Null, S., Odame, A., Pataki, D.E, Rosenberg, D.E, Runburg, M., Stoker, P., Strong, C., (2015). iSAW: Integrating Structure, Actors, and Water to Study Socio-Hydro-Ecological Systems. Earth's Future/AGU , doi: 10.1002/2014EF000295
  • Qin, H., Flint, C., Luloff, A., (2015). Tracing temporal changes in the human dimensions of forest insect disturbance on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Human Ecology: an interdisciplinary journal, 43:1, 43-49. doi: doi:10.1007/s10745-01409717-x.
  • Celio, E., Flint, C., Schoch, P., Adrienne, G., (2014). Farmers' perception of their decision-making in relation to policy schemes: A comparison of case studies from Switzerland and the United States. Land Use Policy, 41, 163-171.
  • David, M.B, Flint, C., Gentry, L.E, Dolan, M.K, Czapar, G.F, Cooke, R.A, Lavaire, T., (2014). Navigating the socio-bio-geo-chemistry and engineering of nitrogen management in two Illinois tile-drained watersheds. Journal of Environmental Quality, doi: doi:10.2134/jeq2014.01.0036
  • DeDecker, J., Masiunas, J., Davis, A., Flint, C., (2014). Weed management practice selection among Midwest U.S. Organic Growers. Weed Science, 62, 520-531.
  • Hendee, J.T, Flint, C., (2014). Incorporating cultural ecosystem services into forest management strategies for private landowners: An Illinois Case Study. Forest Science, 60:6, 1172-1179.
  • Flint, C., Kunze, I., Muhar, A., Yoshida, Y., Penker, M., (2013). Exploring empirical typologies of human-nature relationships and linkages to the ecosystem services concept. Landscape and Urban Planning, 120, 208-217.
  • Hendee, J., Flint, C., (2013). Managing Private Forestlands along the Public-Private Interface of Southern Illinois: Landowner Forestry Decisions in a Multi-Jurisdictional Landscape. Journal of Forest Economics and Policy, 34, 47-55.
  • David, M.B, Flint, C., McIsaac, G.F, Gentry, L.E, Dolan, M.K, Czapar, G.F, (2013). Biophysical and social barriers restrict water quality improvements in the Mississippi River Basin.. Environmental science & technology, 47:21, 11928-9.
  • Gordon, J.S, Gruver, J.B, Flint, C., Luloff, A.E, (2013). Perceptions of wildfire and landscape change in the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.. Environmental management, 52:4, 807-20.
  • Ganning, J., Flint, C., Gasteyer, S., (2012). A case study from the post-New Deal state agricultural experiment station system: A life of mixed signals in Southern Illinois. Agriculture and Human Values, 29, 493-506.
  • Qin, H., Flint, C., (2012). Integrating rural livelihoods and community interaction into migration and environment research: A conceptual framework of rural out-migration and environment in developing countries. Society and Natural Resources, 25:10, 1056-1065.
  • Qin, H., Flint, C., (2012). The Impacts of Rural Labor Out-migration on Community Interaction and Implications for Rural Environmental Conservation in Southwest China. Human Organization, 71:2, 135-148.
  • Daniel, T.C, Muhar, A., Arnberger, A., Aznar, O., Boyd, J.W, Chan, K.M, Costanza, R., Elmqvist, T., Flint, C., Gobster, P.H, Grt-Regamey, A., Lave, R., Muhar, S., Penker, M., Ribe, R.G, Schauppenlehner, T., Sikor, T., Soloviy, I., Spierenburg, M., Taczanowska, K., Tam, J., von der Dunk, A., (2012). Contributions of cultural services to the ecosystem services agenda.. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109:23, 8812-9.
  • Flint, C., Qin, H., Ganning, J.P, (2012). Linking local perceptions to the biophysical and amenity contexts of forest disturbance in Colorado.. Environmental management, 49:3, 553-69.
  • Carroll, M., N Dhubhin, ., Flint, C., (2011). Back where they once belonged? Local response to afforestation in County Kerry, Ireland. Sociologia Ruralis, 51:1, 35-53.
  • Flint, C., Robinson, E.S, Kellogg, J., Ferguson, G., Boufajreldin, L., Dolan, M., Raskin, I., Lila, M.A, (2011). Promoting wellness in Alaskan villages: integrating traditional knowledge and science of wild berries.. EcoHealth, 8:2, 199-209.
  • Stevenson, J., Flint, C., (2010). Building community disaster preparedness with volunteers: Community emergency response teams in Illinois. Natural Hazards Review, 11:3, 118-124.
  • Ganning, J., Flint, C., (2010). Constructing a community level amenity index. Society and Natural Resources, 23:12, 1253-1258.
  • Daab, M., Flint, C., (2010). Public reaction to invasive plant species in a disturbed Colorado landscape. Invasive Plant Science and Management, 3:4, 390-401.
  • Kellogg, J., Joseph, G., Andrae-Marobela, K., Sosome, A., Flint, C., Komarnytsky, S., Fear, G., Struwe, L., Raskin, I., Lila, M., (2010). Screens-to-nature: opening doors to traditional knowledge and hands-on science education. NACTA Journal, Sept 2010, 43-50.
  • Qin, H., Flint, C., (2010). Toward a transdisciplinary environmental and resource sociology in China. Society and Natural Resources, 23:11, 1123-1131.
  • Qin, H., Flint, C., (2010). Capturing Community Context of Human Response to Forest Disturbance by Insects: A Multi-Method Assessment.. Human ecology: an interdisciplinary journal, 38:4, 567-579.
  • Kellogg, J., Wang, J., Flint, C., Ribnicky, D., Kuhn, P., De Mejia, E.G, Raskin, I., Lila, M.A, (2010). Alaskan wild berry resources and human health under the cloud of climate change.. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 58:7, 3884-900.
  • Qin, H., Flint, C., (2009). A review of western environmental sociology and natural resource sociology. Social Sciences Abroad, 2009:2, 4-11.
  • Flint, C., McFarlane, B., Mller, M., (2009). Human dimensions of forest disturbance by insects: an international synthesis.. Environmental management, 43:6, 1174-86.
  • Brennan, M.A, Flint, C., Luloff, A.E, (2008). Local culture and rural development: A neglected relationship. Sociologia Ruralis, 49:1, 97-112.
  • Flint, C., Luloff, A.E, Finley, J., (2008). Where is ‘community’ in community based forestry? Society and Natural Resources. Society and Natural Resources, 21:6, 526-537.
  • Flint, C., Luloff, A.E, (2007). Community activeness in response to forest disturbance in Alaska. Society and Natural Resources, 20:5, 431-450.
  • Flint, C., Brennan, M.A, (2007). Rural communities and disasters: Research from the Southern United States. Southern Rural Sociology, 22:2, 111-126.
  • Brennan, M.A, Flint, C., (2007). Uncovering the hidden dimensions of rural disaster mitigation: Capacity building through Community Emergency Response Teams. Southern Rural Sociology, 22:2, 1-5.
  • Flint, C., (2007). Changing forest disturbance regimes and risk perceptions in Homer, Alaska.. Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis, 27:6, 1597-608.
  • Flint, C., (2006). Community perspectives on spruce beetle impacts on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Forest Ecology and Management, 227:3, 207-218.
  • Flint, C., Haynes, R., (2006). Managing forest disturbances and community response: lessons from the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Journal of Forestry, 104:3, 269-275.
  • Flint, C., Brennan, M.A, (2006). Tapping the potential of rural Community Emergency Response Teams. Rural Realities, 1:3, 1-9.
  • Brennan, M.A, Flint, C., Barnett, R.V, (2005). Community volunteers: the front line of disaster response. , 23:4, 52-56.
  • Flint, C., Luloff, A.E, (2005). Natural resource-based communities, risks, and disasters: An intersection of theories. Society and Natural Resources, 18:5, 399-412.
  • Flint, C., (1995). Recent developments of the International Law Commission Regarding International Watercourses and their implications for the Nile River. Water International, 20:4, 197-204.

Professional Journal

  • Gleeson, E., Wymann von Dach, S., Flint, C., Greenwood, G., Price, M.F, Basiger, J., Nolin, A., Vanacher, V., (2016). Mountains of our future Earth: Defining priorities for mountain research . Mountain Research and Development, 36:4, 537-548.
  • Flint, C., Mascher, C., Oldryod, Z., Valle, P.A, Wynn, E., Cannon, Q., Brown, A., Unger, B., (2016). Public intercept interviews and surveys for gathering place-based perceptions: Observations from community water research in Utah. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 31:3, 104-124.
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, J., Baker, K., Carter, D.R, DeChurch, L.A, Flint, C., Gershenfeld, G., Haberman, M., King, J.L, Kirkpatrick, C., Knight, E., Lawrence, B., Lewis, S., Lenhardt, C., Lopez, P., Mayernik, M.S, McElroy, C., Mittleman, B., Nichol, V., Nolan, M., Shin, N., Thompson, C., Winter, S., Zaslavsky, I., (2016). Build it, but will they come? A geoscience cyberinfrastructure baseline analysis. Data Science Journal, 15:8, 1-14.
  • Rubin, L., Flint, C., Pearson, M., Johnson, V., Rowland Hogue, C., Community engagement to break the cycle of children's environmental health vulnerability. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health
  • Holyoak, G., Holyoak, M., Flint, C., Health vulnerabilities of Utah's immigrant children: Breaking the cycle. international Journal of Child and Adolescent Health
  • Braito, M., Bck, K., Flint, C., Muhar, A., Muhar, S., Penker, M., Human-nature relationships and linkages to environmental behaviour. Environmental Values

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | MultiMedia


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Publications | Technical Reports

Research Reports

    Other Reports

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    Publications | Other


    • Bolukbasi, B., Berente, N., Cutcher-Gershenfeld, J., Dechurch, L., Flint, C., Haberman, M., King, J.L, Knight, E., Lawrence, B., Masella, E., McElroy, C., Mittleman, B., Nolan, M., Radik, M., Shin, N., Thompson, C.A, Winter, S., Zaslavsky, I., Allison, M.L, Arctur, D., Arrigo, J., Aufdenkampe, A.K, Bass, J., Crowell, J., Daniels, M., Diggs, S., Duffy, C., Gil, Y., Gomez, B., Graves, S., Hazen, R., Hsu, L., Kinkade, D., Lehnert, K., Marone, C., Middleton, D., Noren, A., Pearthree, G., Ramamurthy, M., Robinson, E., Percivall, G., Richard, S., Suarez, C., Walker, D., (2013). Open data: crediting a culture of cooperation.. Science (New York, N.Y.) *

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.


    ENVS 4000 - Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management, Spring 2022
    SOC 4620 - Sociology of the Environment and Natural Resources, Spring 2020
    SOC 7100 - Advanced Survey Techniques, Spring 2019
    CAS 6002 - Climate Adaptation Science Studio I, Fall 2018
    CAS 6002 - Climate Adaptation Science Studio I, Fall 2017
    SOC 6630 - Natural Resources and Social Development, Fall 2017
    SOC 7100 - Advanced Survey Techniques, Spring 2017
    SOC 4620 - Sociology of the Environment and Natural Resources, Spring 2016
    SOC 6100 - Advanced Methods of Social Research, Fall 2015
    SOC 4620 - Sociology of the Environment and Natural Resources, Spring 2015
    SOC 4620 - Sociology of the Environment and Natural Resources, Fall 2014
    SOC 6800 - Seminar in Sociology, Spring 2014
    SOC 6800 - Seminar in Sociology: Interdisciplinary Environmental Vulnerability Assessments, Spring 2014
    SOC 4620 - Sociology of the Environment & Natural Resources, Spring 2014
    SOC 4620 - Sociology of the Environment and Natural Resources, Spring 2014


    COVID-19 Impacts in Utah Cities and Counties, 2020 - Ongoing
    Assessing and Facilitating Watershed Organizations, 2020 - Ongoing
    Wellbeing Assessments in Utah Communities, 2020 - Ongoing

    Graduate Students Mentored

    Sarah Wilson, Environment & Society, June 2021
    Leonard Henderson, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2020
    Brett Alan Miller, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, January 2016 - August 2020
    Kent Dean, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, August 2016 - December 2018