William A. Burch

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Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1964

Dr. Burch has taught at Syracuse, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Victoria (New Zealand) and has held professional posts with the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. He has worked on forestry and environmental management problems in regions throughout the U.S. and in New Zealand, South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, Japan and Western Europe. His research interests include leisure and social bonds, energy and social structure, social change and land use, and natural resources education. Applied dimensions of his research are recognized by consultancies with public and private organizations of national and international scope. Among his 14 authored or edited books are The Social Organization of Leisure in Human Society, Daydreams and Nightmares: A Sociological Essay on the American Environment, and Community and Forestry: Continuities in the Sociology of Natural Resources.