Lourdes Vera Receives ASA Award

The Environmental Sociology Section of ASA announced Lourdes Vera as the winner of the 2021 Robert Boguslaw Award! This award comes in honor of her lead role in the publication, “When Data Justice and Environmental Justice Meet: Formulating a Response to Extractive Logic Through Environmental Data Justice,” which was published in 2019 in Information, Communication & Society. Vera is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University, and a member of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI). 

The Robert Boguslaw award is given every second year to an outstanding young investigator whose work explores “the relationship between technology and humanism or otherwise proposes innovative solutions to emerging social issues associated with technology.” The committee agreed that Vera’s leadership in applying and extending the concept of environmental data justice across multiple contexts was truly exemplary and deserving of this honor.  

The winning article can be found here, and the citation below:

Vera, Lourdes A., Dawn Walker, Michelle Murphy, Becky Mansfield, Ladan Mohamed Siad, Jessica Ogden, and EDGI. 2019. “When data justice and environmental justice meet: formulating a response to extractive logic through environmental data justice.” Information, Communication & Society, 22(7):1012-1028, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2019.1596293 

The 2021 Boguslaw committee members were Amalia Leguizamón, Yao Li and Norah MacKendrick (Chair).

Congratulations, Lourdes!!