Sarah Beckham Hooff
Originally trained as an environmental and social scientist, I fuse my technical background with experience in the humanities to support & develop profitable, sustainable, art-based businesses.
I'm currently having a blast as the Director of Programming at YouThere, an innovative consultancy that helps musicians develop and record the ephemeral art of the single take. At the same time, as a NY State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson affiliated with Hanson Real Estate Partners in Newburgh, NY, I help creative and motivated people find the ideal location to live out their dreams.
To contact me about projects or professional engagements, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Countries lived in.
USA, Czech Republic, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Hungary, Sweden, Greece, Republic of Ireland.
Languages spoken profeciently.
English, Russian, Modern Greek, Czech.
Translation & Intercultural communications.
Sharing ideas through the arts and sciences.
Research coordinator. University of Lapland Arctic Center.
In 2013-14, I worked for the University of Lapland Arctic Center as a consultant &coordinating researcher for the RISES project (Resilience in Socio-Ecological Systems of North-West Eurasia).
I organized trans-boundary research with international partners, facilitated communications, and manage a large research budget.
The project's interdisciplinary teams investigate the effects of reindeer herding on global climate change, regional vegetation cover, and traditional ways of life of North-west Siberia.
Founder and coordinator. 'Worlds Apart - Together' diversity programming.
In 2009, I cooperated with Americorps volunteers to develop a community program focusing on diversity, tolerance, and international cultural exploration called "Worlds Apart - Together' in the sleepy town of Lewisburg, PA.
The project was later put into international practice and won an award for best new community program of 2011 in the Irkutsk region of central Siberia.
Exploring public opinion, language, and media.
Greece. Images in print media.
In 2013, I moved to the Greek Island of Lesvos to study how images in print media influence environmental conflicts.
I developed a new methodology for measuring how images influence and express opinions.
I studied Modern Greek and conducted numerous interviews in rural island villages where extensive wind farms were under development.
Academic article forthcoming.
Russia. Environmental Psychology.
I have been been traveling to Russia since 2009, living first in European regions and later in Siberia.
Over this time, I developed professional interviewing skills while completing research and community outreach projects related to:
-The Siberian environmental movement. (in Russian)
- Environmental Linguistics. (in Russian)
- Environmental Psychology. (in Russian)
- The influence of Eco-tourism on 'traditional' ways of life. (in Russian)
-Environmental worldview. (in Russian)
Kyrgyzstan. Environmental conflict.
USA & Argentina. Primatology.
Beginning in 2007, I studied animal behavior and primatolgy, specializing on food neophobia (the fear of novel foods and flavors) in Owl Monkeys (Aotus), a species native to Argentina.
This research gives me special insight into decision-making behavior and the psychology of learning.
(photo credit Christy Wolovich)