SOCIOPOLITICAL, AND INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Associates brings an international,
interdisciplinary approach to bear on a broad spectrum of
important research questions. Here are a few
examples of research we have done:
What is the state of environmentally sustainable agriculture in Japan, and how does it
compare with the U.S.?
What can Japan learn from U.S. organic certification issues, and vice
Japanese Environmental Business|
What is the state of environmental consulting in Japan?
What environmental problems can international firms help
solve in Japan? How can we best
support businesses to make positive environmental changes?
What environmental and social indicators should be used to evaluate
environmental quality and quality of life in China, the U.S., Japan, and other
Policy: U.S., Japanese, International|
How do interest groups influence environmental policy in the U.S., Japan, China,
India, Sweden, England and other nations? What
insights does a global perspective provide to the search for sustainability?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of
reduction, reuse, recycling, and treatment practices used in the U.S.,
Japan, and Germany?
Values, Policy and Globalization|
How are values changing, and how do these changes affect policy?
How is environmental expertise defined in different cultures, and how does this affect
What environmental education techniques are most effective
in the U.S., Japan and China?
Areas, Biodiversity, and Sustainability|
can we conserve biodiversity while maintaining sustainable lifestyles of
rural peoples in the developing world, Japan, and U.S.?
What new programs would help accomplish this?
What risks are associated with landfilling waste incinerator
ash, and dioxin emissions from waste incinerators?
How serious are health risks from pesticide residues?
| Case Studies|
Clients agree that the case study is an effective tool
to capture complexity and attain
Here are a few examples of our case study research:
|Printing companies in the U.S.:
analysis of firms’ environmental practices and thinking to understand
why some did not join a groundbreaking environmental program;|
Well-known international nonprofits:
analysis of approaches to biodiversity conservation and comparison of
|"Who won, and why” in environmental
controversies around the world: cross-cultural analysis of state-of-the-art advocacy, strategic recommendations to interest groups;|
Hoffman and Associates takes a comprehensive,
integrated view of environmental, sociopolitical, and international issues.
In an increasingly complex world--where information is power--integrative analysis expands
thinking in crucial ways. This holds true across nonprofit, business, academic, and
government sectors. Consider these
|We assisted a nonprofit organization to take
steps to increase international presence and influence, based on
comprehensive analysis of needs.
The organization expanded networking activity, enlisted new board members,
and took a position at the forefront of its field;|
|Based on careful assessment of collaboration among Japanese,
Indian, Chinese, and U.S. professionals, we developed new methods
to facilitate collaboration among researchers,
dramatically improving the quality of an important project;|
|By unearthing new information about solid waste treatment and
bringing it to Wisconsin policymakers, we helped catalyze passage
of innovative legislation;|
|We developed an innovative exchange program,
enabling Japanese students to be immersed in field studies of U.S. natural areas and
Contemporary issues are multifaceted, often demanding that analysis is deepened by combining
qualitative and quantitative approaches. At
Hoffman and Associates:
|Team members possess both qualitative and
|Teams can use tools ranging from sophisticated geographic information system (GIS)
analysis to interviews with ordinary people;|
|We employ all appropriate research tools to
provide results of the highest quality.|
environmental and social issues become increasingly global and complex, collaborative,
interdisciplinary, and international research are of increasing value in devising sustainable solutions. Our
network can be mobilized quickly to meet your needs.
|Associates possess diverse
specialties and expert networks;|
|We have ongoing collaborative
relationships with top professionals the world over.
This includes experts in environmental policy, business, sociology,
intercultural relations, advocacy, pollution prevention, waste reduction, conservation, environmental engineering,
preventive medicine, environmental psychology, and many other fields;|
|We have engaged in collaborative research with Japanese
environmental, social, and business experts since 1989:
e.g., environmental politics, citizen participation, solid waste,
environmental conservation, water pollution, air pollution, environmental consulting, market research, environmental sociology,
and other experts.|
We emphasize research of the real-world. To date, we have done field research in the following
nations: the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Finland, Sweden, and
|Hoffman and Associates maintains working relationships
with top market experts in the United States and Japan.
Businesses hoping to enter Japan or other Asian nations, as well as
those hoping to enter the U.S. or other Western nations from Asia, can benefit
from this network;|
offer priority treatment to organizations that plan to introduce innovative
and useful environment-related technologies, products, services, and/or ideas.
"If we ask the important
listen keenly to the informed and experienced;
And if we persist in applying all that we
Together we arrive at excellent answers."
--Steven M. Hoffman, Hoffman and Associates