Dr. Tom Webler speaking during a public comment session at a Vermont Yankee Community Advisory Panel meeting.

Dr. Tom Webler speaking during a public comment session at a Vermont Yankee Community Advisory Panel meeting.

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sharing Knowledge

Our sharing page allows you to learn step by step how to make the decommissioning process involved, and fair. Whether you want to know how to handle the media, or if you should hire expert support, there is advice from others who have gone before you. 

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Our Team

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Tom Webler, Ph.D.

Thomas Webler is a founding member of SERI and is presently a full time Research Fellow with the Institute.  He was on the faculty in the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire for 15 years and served as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Geography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts for four years. His research specializes in bringing local and expert knowledge together in collaborative, democratic ways to produce innovative solutions to problems of environmental management and risk decision-making. He has a self-designed Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies from Clark University where he focused on the social dimensions of risk analysis, technology assessment, critical social theory, and public participation. From 1992-1994 he did post-doctoral research on public participation in waste planning at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. Upon returning to the United States he became the consultant to a U.S. National Research Council committee studying risk communication. That committee published a report titled: Understanding Risk: Informing decisions in a democratic society. For two years he served on a US National Research Council committee on the disposal of chemical weapons. His publications include a co-authored book on advances in social science theory in the field of risk studies. The book is titled: Risk, Uncertainty, and Rational Action(London: Earthscan 2001). In 2006 he was a Fellow of the Breuninger Foundation at the University of Stuttgart on the topic of environmental collaboration. In 2007 he received a Fulbright teaching fellowship to India, where he led a field course on the human dimensions of conservation biology. He is on the Editorial Board of Environmental CommunicationSociety and Natural Resources and Human Ecology Review

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Hannah Rettig (2016-2018)

Hannah Rettig will be graduating from Keene State College in May with Honors B.S. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Communications. She is currently a research assistant for Dr. Tom Webler, and is employed by the Social and Environmental Research Institute doing research on nuclear decommissioning communities. For her senior thesis project, she conducted research on the preferences and values of trail users at a local conservation center called The Harris Center for Conservation Education. In 2016, she had the opportunity to spend 2 weeks in Nepal examining the ecosystem values of community forestry programs with the KSC honors program. For the past two summers, she has been a global research, and compliance associate at Spill Center Inc in MA. This involved being on call for environmental spills, dispatching appropriate contractors, and following proper spill regulations. She is currently the president of Campus Ecology, an environmental activism group at Keene. Hannah is currently leading a club project to get a solar powered outdoor performance pavilion built on campus. She hopes to find a job in the environmental field, potentially working for a solar company, or using her experience to do even more social research in the future.