Educational Materials


A team of geographers and rural sociologists, together with a science communication professional, created a set of educational materials for researchers studying the social impacts of energy development. The self-paced online module, "Understanding and Addressing Research Fatigue in Rural Communities" uses a flexible and engaging distance learning environment to prepare researchers for what to expect when conducting community-based research and how to avoid research fatigue. 






A workbook and planning guide, titled "Engaging in Energy communities: The Role of the Researcher", complements the online module and aims to help researchers understand, plan for, and mitigate research fatigue in communities undergoing transitions associated with the life cycle of energy development projects. The workbook will help students and early-career researchers consider the risk of research fatigue and plan approaches to working in communities in order to minimize those risks. 

Energy Impacts Research Coordination Network 

In partnership with:

Energy Impacts Research Coordination Network


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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1528422. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.