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Brian Dill PhD

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Contact Information

3020 Lincoln Hall
720 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Champaign, IL 61820

Office Hours

Spring 2019: Mondays, 1:30-3:30
Associate Professor

Research Interests

Environmental Sociology
Ecological Restoration
Collaborative Governance

Research Description

The primary question that motivates my research is: How do people participate in the decisions that affect their lives? In the past, I empirically investigated and theoretically explored this through the lens of community-based development in urban Tanzania. My current research looks at a contemporary aspect of nature-society relations that is fashioned from the principles of ecological restoration and collaborative governance. What I refer to as restorative development is an intentional practice to improve collective well-being by restoring damaged ecosystems and enhancing the social, cultural, and economic relationships that are tied to a particular landscape.



PhD., University of Minnesota

Courses Taught

Soc 122: Africa in World Perspective
Soc 161: Introduction to Poverty
Soc 226: Political Sociology
Soc 364: Impacts of Globalization
Soc 561: Development Theories
Soc 596: Global and Transnational Sociology
Global Studies 350: Poverty in a Global Context
Global Studies 450: Poverty Interventions and Evaluation

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Sociology
Associate Professor, Center for African Studies
Affiliate, Geography and Geographic Information Science

Highlighted Publications

Dill, B. J. (2013). Fixing the African State: Recognition, Politics, and Community-Based Development in Tanzania. (Africa Connects). Palgrave Macmillan.

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Recent Publications

Schreiber, K. L., Rodríguez, L. F., Witmer, A. P., & Dill, B. (2019). Understanding and incorporating stakeholder perspectives in international engineering: A phrase mining analysis. Paper presented at 2019 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Boston, United States.

Dill, B. J., & Khalil, H. (2018). Financing Sustainable Development? How International Tax Reform is Failing Africa. In J. L. De Maio, S. Scheld, & M. Woldeamanuel (Eds.), Sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa: Problems, Perspectives, and Prospects (pp. 91-108). Lexington Books.

Khalil, H., & Dill, B. (2018). Negotiating statist neoliberalism: the political economy of post-revolution Egypt. Review of African Political Economy, 45(158), 574-591.

Dill, B., & Aminzade, R. (2017). Historians and the Study of Protest. In C. Roggeband, & B. Klandermans (Eds.), Handbook of Social Movements Across Disciplines (pp. 141-183). (Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research). Springer.

Boelens, R., Crow, B., Dill, B. J., Lu, F., Ocampo-Raeder, C., & Zwarteveen, M. (2014). Santa Cruz Declaration on the Global Water Crisis. Water International, 39(2), 246-261.

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