Holly Buck


Holly Jean Buck is an environmental social scientist studying how emerging technologies can address environmental challenges.  Her diverse research interests include agroecology and carbon farming, artificial intelligence, and ecological restoration.  She holds a PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University and a MSc in Human Ecology from Lund University in Sweden. 

At present, she is studying the spatial and human geographies of carbon removal, and how policy for scaling up carbon dioxide removal can be designed for community benefit. Her current research projects include (1) a multi-sited, mixed-methods study of stakeholder and public ideas around carbon dioxide removal approaches in the United States, supported by the Sloan Foundation, (2) a global analysis of residual emissions in net-zero decarbonization strategies, with a team supported by the Swedish research council, (3) an examination of how software platforms for managing, tracking, and exchanging carbon function as de facto climate governance. 

Recent publications

Ending Fossil Fuels: Why Net Zero Is Not Enough (Verso, 2021)
Has It Come to This? The Promise and Peril of Geoengineering on the Brink, co-edited with JP Sapinksi and Andreas Malm (Rutgers, 2020)
After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration (Verso, 2019)
Peer-reviewed articles