Hosts Logan A. Burke (Executive Director of AAE) and Sophie Zaken (Office Manager of AAE) discuss Environmental Justice Communities with Frances (Brionne) Roberts-Gregory, PhD Candidate for Environmental Science Policy Management in the Society and Environment Division at UC Berkeley.
Frances (Brionne) Roberts-Gregory:
UC Berkeley Research Description:
I am an environmental sociologist/Black feminist anthropologist with a keen interest in geography i.e. I am an interdisciplinary social scientist. My past research projects explored urban greenspace management, food justice/ethnobotany and coastal resource management; they also sparked my interest in environmental racism(s), sustainability and ecojustice. Pedagogically and methodologically, I am partial to multidisciplinary research teams and mixed methods research. My future dissertation will focus on transcultural ecological knowledge, women and climate change adaptation. It is titled, "Science, Policy and Climate Change: Gulf Coast Black and Indigenous Women Fight for Justice." I hope to use my scholarship to contribute to efforts to democratize environmental governance and diversify leadership within environmental policy.
Ultimately I ask: how might policymakers and natural resource managers use insights from political ecology, STS and critical theories of race and gender to make better informed environmental decisions?
Air Date: June 12, 2018