In this project student(s) will search for and collect information on local socio-economic, political, and administrative conditions of U.S. municipalities that once hosted nuclear power plants, using digital newspaper archives, publicly available data sources, and possibly contacting the local municipal offices. Student(s) will then interpret and summarize the collected information to create a database that includes potential factors that influenced the outcomes of nuclear power plant closures.
Qualified students must have good information search skills, be detail-oriented with good organizing skills, and be able to work independently. Familiarity with and interest in social science research are essential. Interest in studying energy issues, local governance, and regional development is preferred.