Are you interested in environmental sociology and how the social sciences can contribute to building a more sustainable and equitable future? Then consider the Ph.D. graduate program in sociology at Northeastern University. A full description of the environmental sociology concentration and related academic institutions at Northeastern University is available here.
The new Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) at Northeastern University provides resources for two doctoral student research assistants working in environmental sociology. This new institute will continue and expand the work Dr. Phil Brown has done over the last 12 years with the Contested Illnesses Research Group (CIRG). CIRG will continue to meet at Brown University and will have strong connections with the SSEHRI. Both units seek to continue the tradition of developing theoretical, empirical, and policy work at the intersection of environmental sociology, environmental health, medical sociology, social movements, and STS.
One prime focus of the SSEHRI will be to create specialized emphasis for training social scientists to collaborate with life scientists. This will include continuing collaboration with Silent Spring Institute (silentspring.org) in Newton, MA, on biomonitoring, democratic approaches to reporting-back personal environmental health data, and working on data privacy issues. SSEHRI will also work with Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (publiclaboratory.org), a Cambridge-based organization with collaborators and projects across the US and the world. Public Lab works with environmentally-impacted communities to conduct balloon mapping, remote sensing, GIS, spectral imaging, robotic indoor air and dust collection, and other low-cost, participatory projects.
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