The New England Environmental Justice Research Network (NEEJRN) was formed out of the 2013 New England Environmental Justice Summit with the overall goal of facilitating community-driven research on environmental and social justice issues. These issues range from environmental health, sprawl, and smart growth, climate change and justice, land use policy, gentrification and housing policy, energy policy, industrial siting and permitting, transportation equity, air and water quality, community revitalization and green jobs, parks and environmental amenities, food justice, smart growth and sprawl, disaster prevention and response, chemical exposure and toxic wastes, brownfields and illegal dumping, access to public services (such as shelters), and many other challenges confronting lower-income people and people of color where they “live, work, play, and pray.” Knowledge is power. The role of NEEJRN is to help generate and share knowledge and information by networking and building partnerships between researchers, lower-income communities and communities of color, and the environmental justice movement. Researchers can also utilize the network to reach out to communities.
HOW NEEJRN WORKS:
NEEJRN accomplishes these objectives by acting as a clearinghouse to match community groups in need of research assistance with scholars, scientists, academic research centers and institutes, professional and non-professional researchers and consultants, and other organizations. Any organization or individual is free to join as a Research Associate. NEEJRN operates out of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative (NEJRC) at Northeastern University in Boston.
Daniel Faber, a long-time environmental justice scholar and advocate, serves as the Coordinator for NEERN, and is the Director of NEJRC. On the NEJRC website (http://www.northeastern.edu/nejrc/), a profile (including contact information and areas of expertise) of all the NEEJRN Research Associates will be provided. EJ organizations that would like to put out a “call” for research assistance may contact individual researchers themselves, or send a description of their research problem and need to Dr. Faber, who will then forward it along to the entire NEEJRN membership via a listserve e-mail notification. It will then be up to the individual researchers to respond to this call if they are qualified and interested in doing the work. In the future, NEEJRN may also serve to coordinate meetings, discussion groups, public talks, conferences, and other kinds of EJ-related events.
For more information, contact Daniel Faber, NEEJRN Coordinator at 617-373-2878 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Correspondence can be mailed to Dr. Faber at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 509 Holmes Hall, 360 Huntington Avenue, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115.