Contact Information

Research Fellow
Social and Environmental Research Institute
PO Box 1487
Northampton MA 01060
phone: 413-387-9320
email: sptuler [at] seri-us [dot] org

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA 01609
phone: 508-831-6635
email: stuler [at] wpi [dot] edu 

Seth P. Tuler
Research Fellow


Seth Tuler has experience working in the areas of public participation, participatory research, and social issues in hazard management. He has been a researcher at SERI since its founding in 1995 and has been an Adjunct Teaching Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute since 2002. Seth's primary research focus has been on methods for integrating analysis and deliberation in policy-making, including public participation in environmental decision-making and evaluation of risk communication and public participation. In 2008/2009 he spent four months as a Fulbright Scholar at the Faculty of Public Health, Thammasat University, Thailand studying the ways that information is communicated to the public about health risks from petrochemical facility pollution. Recent work has included developing tools and methods for climate change adaptation planning and assessment of vulnerabilities and socio-economic impacts to fishing communities in the northeastern US from regulatory change and to communities impacted by marine oil spills. He has also conducted research related to worker and public safety in national parks and wildland fire management. Seth is particularly interested in the practical applications of the research at SERI. Toward this end he has been involved with a variety of projects relating to the health effects to residents and clean-up of areas affected by contamination from US nuclear weapons production and related facilities. From 2003 to 2006 he served on the National Academy of Science's Committee on Transportation of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High Level Radioactive Waste and from 1999 to 2002 he served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Energy-Related Epidemiologic Research (also as Chair of the Subcommittee for Community Affairs). He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, a national network of community groups advocating for effective clean-up of US nuclear weapons facilities.  Seth received a B.A. in Mathematics (1984) from the University of Chicago, an M.S. in Technology and Policy (1987) from the interdisciplinary Technology and Policy Program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. (1996) from the Environmental Science and Policy Program, Clark University, Worcester, MA.