Amanda Stasiewicz


Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Studies &
the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center




Ph.D. Natural Resources and Society, University of Idaho

M.S. Conservation Social Science, University of Idaho

B.S. Environmental Science, Siena College

Research Interests

  • Human dimensions of wildfire
  • Fire-adapted communities
  • Cooperative wildfire management
  • Programs and partnerships for addressing environmental and natural resource management issues
  • Qualitative and quantitative social science in natural resource management


Dr. Amanda Stasiewicz is a wildfire social scientist with the Department of Environmental Studies and with SJSU's Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center. Her research focuses broadly on the human dimensions of wildfire and wildfire policy. Dr. Stasiewicz conducts research with communities and organizations to explore how localities strive to become fire-adapted through pre-existing or novel policies or programs. Her work also focuses on wildfire evacuation planning and behavior, including how different segments of a population intend to evacuate, how they prepare for their chosen evacuation plan, and the impacts of these actions on first responders. 


Stasiewicz, A.M., & Paveglio, T.B. (2021). Preparing for wildfire evacuation and alternatives: Exploring influences on residents’ intended evacuation behaviors and mitigations. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 102177.

Paveglio, T.B., Stasiewicz, A.M., & Edgeley, C.M. (2021). Understanding support for regulatory approaches to wildfire management and performance of property mitigations on private lands. Land Use Policy.

Edgeley, C.M., Stasiewicz, A.M., & Hammond, D.H. (2020). Using Q-methodology as a focus group discussion tool for prioritizing research needs in natural resources. Journal of Forestry.

Paveglio, T.B., Edgeley, C.M., Carroll, M., Billings, M., & Stasiewicz, A.M. (2019). Exploring the influence of local social context on strategies for achieving fire adapted communities. Fire, 2(2), 26.

Paveglio, T.B., Carroll, M.S., Stasiewicz, A.M., & Edgeley, C.M. (2019). Social fragmentation and wildfire management: Exploring the scale of adaptive action. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 33, 131-141.

Stasiewicz, A.M., & Paveglio, T.B. (2018). Wildfire management across rangeland ownerships: Factors influencing Rangeland Fire Protection Association establishment and functioning. Rangeland Ecology & Management, 71(6), 727-736.

Paveglio, T.B., Carroll, M.S., Stasiewicz, A.M., Williams, D.R., & Becker, D.R. (2018). Incorporating social diversity into wildfire management: Proposing “pathways” for fire adaptation. Forest Science, 64(5), 515-532.

Paveglio, T.B., Edgeley, C.M., & Stasiewicz, A.M. (2018). Assessing influences on social vulnerability to wildfire using surveys, spatial data and wildfire simulations. Journal of Environmental Management, 213, 425-439.

Stasiewicz, A.M., & Paveglio, T.B. (2016). Factors influencing the establishment of Rangeland Fire Protection Associations: exploring fire mitigation program options for rural, resource-based communities. Society and Natural Resources, 30(5), 627-641.