Research Interests

Political Sociology Historical Sociology Institutions Methods

Why Study the Transition Movement in the United States?

The members of the Transition Movement in the United States are part of a social movement that promotes changes in individual behavior as a collective action. The focus on individual change represents a radical departure from other social movement organizations that have instead used street demonstrations, picketing, lobbying, etc for their actions. Indian Tents

The purpose of this research is to understand how the Transition Movement in the United States promotes the coordination of individual actions and behavior in order to solve large problems, such as a new organization of the economy based on environmental sustainability. As part of this study you will be asked a set of questions that will increase our understanding of how the TUS social network model of activism actually works and what has led to its rapid diffusion. This knowledge can be exported to tackle other problems facing our society.

Participation In The Survey

Every member of the TUS social network is welcome to participate in the survey.

Time Involvement: Your participation in the survey will take approximately 30 minutes. We ask that you take the survey only once. Landing

Risks and Benefits: Participation in the survey is voluntary and the data collected are anonymous; there are no risks associated with this study. We cannot and do not guarantee or promise that you will receive any benefits from this study. Your decision whether or not to participate in this study will not affect your participation in the Transition Movement in the United States. You will not receive a payment for your participation in the survey.

Subject's Rights: If you have read this form and have decided to participate in this project, please understand your participation is voluntary and you have the right to withdraw your consent or discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. The alternative is not to participate. You have the right to refuse to answer particular questions. Your individual privacy will be maintained in all published and written data resulting from the study.

Research Team

The research team is made of Paolo Parigi, Assistant Professor of Sociology and principal investigator, and Rachel Gong, PhD candidate in sociology.

If you have any questions, concerns or complaints about this research, its procedures, risks and benefits, contact the Protocol Director, Paolo Parigi at 650-721-2648.

Independent Contact: If you are not satisfied with how this study is being conducted, or if you have any concerns, complaints, or general questions about the research or your rights as a participant, please contact the Stanford Institutional Review Board (IRB) to speak to someone independent of the research team at (650)-723-2480 or toll free at 1-866-680-2906. You can also write to the Stanford IRB, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5401.

Please print a copy of this page for your records.

Take The Survey!

The survey is now closed. We are in the process of analyzing the data. We plan to post some of the results on the website. Thank you for participating!