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Claire Luce

Ph.D. candidate


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M.S.W., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A., Franklin University, Lugano, Switzerland

Claire Luce is a doctoral candidate at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Her research interests are in the intersection of climate change and mental health, and specifically on the experience of grief, loss and mourning that reesults from climate change. Her work aims to expand access to conversations on environmental justice to wider audiences within and beyond the social work profession. Luce received her B.A. in Environmental Science with an emphasis on sustainable development from Franklin University Switzerland. She earned her M.S.W. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with a concentration in mental health. While pursuing her M.S.W., she received a Strategic Initiatives Grant to empower and assist first-generation undergraduate women to pursue graduate education. She was a member of the 2018 cohort of the Environmental Fellows Program at the University of Michigan School of Environment and Sustainability. She has also worked as a math tutor in Chicago Public Schools and managed farmers markets in New York City during and after Hurricane Irene. In her free time, Luce enjoys reading novels and spending time outdoors.

Notable awards, honors and appointments

  • Leadership and Service Award, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2019
  • Fellow in the Environmental Fellows Program, University of Michigan, 2018
  • Downing Field Education Award for Community Organizing, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2017

Research projects and funding

Recent and current funded projects

Strategic Initiatives Grant: Going Beyond Undergrad, a program aimed at encouraging first-generation undergraduate women to pursue graduate education.