Making Science for Change in Disempowered Polluted Communities
Tuesday, February 20
Taft Research Center
Barbara Allen is professor in the graduate program in Science and Technology Studies, in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech University. Her work has been funded by several grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Mediterranean.
Among Allen's numerous awards, she was a Fulbright Research Fellow in 2009, a Fellow-in-Residence, Bogliasco Foundation, in 2008, a Fellow at the National Museum of American History in 1995, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute Fellow in 1994. In addition, she received the 2011-2012 Excellence In Administration Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech; the 2005 Julian Seward Award for Best Book (second place), the Anthropology and Environment Section of the American Anthropological Association; and the she is the 2000 Recipient of the Robert R. Taylor Award by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, recognizing architectural research and teaching that critically locates and examines the contributions of African-Americans.
Barbara Allen is currently working on a several research projects that examine the dynamics of citizens, science, regulation, and environmental justice in heavily polluted regions in the U.S. and the EU. The research examines how different national, cultural, and institutional contexts condition the dynamics of citizen response to environmental problems and regulatory change. Additionally, the project explores how citizens, organizations, and other non-traditional science institutions participate in the shaping of policy-relevant scientific and technical knowledge.
Additionally, Allen has been leading a Community-Based Participatory Environmental Health (CBPEH) project funded by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health+Safety (ANSES) to develop, conduct, analyze, and disseminate an environmental health study in several towns in a polluted industrial zone. Additionally the project has a training workshop component, which will enable French and European scholars and public health professional to learn this methodology (CBPEH) which has its origins in the U.S. environmental justice movement.