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David Phillips

Associate Professor

David Phillips is Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Humanities, Women’s and Gender Studies and Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship at Wake Forest University,  and former Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.  He is also a core faculty member of the Masters in Sustainability Program, the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Program, and the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  He is Principle Investigator for the Southeast Cluster of the North American Observatory. His most recent co-edited publication is Creativity in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Enterprise: Pathways for Transformative Action in Education and Society, published in 2013 by Edward Elgar Press.    His current research interests focus on environmental and digital humanities, employing a placed-based approach to conduct cultural and environmental mapping to investigate communities’ environmental histories and the relationship of these histories to place and culture.  The resulting community mapping projects include powerful visualizations that can aid communities in developing a deeper understanding of the forces that shape them, as well as the ability to apply lessons from the past to the exploration of plausible futures for human-environmental relations.  For the Humanities for the Environment research project, he is Principal Investigator for the HfE South Cluster and Project Director for the HfE project’s international website.