Max Liboiron, "Colonialism and 'Citizen' Science"

Max Liboiron, "Colonialism and 'Citizen' Science"
March 22, 2021 - 1:00 PM

March 22 (1:00pm): Max Liboiron (Assoc. Prof. Geography, Director of the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), Memorial University, Newfoundland) presents as part of the Ethics Center's 2020-21 series, Models for Equitable Minority Inclusion in Institutional Research.

Liboiron's work with CLEAR works to create a feminist, anti-colonial, marine science laboratory, which means developing methods that foreground values of humility, equity, and good land relations.  Recent work has focused on microplastics in the Atlantic food chain - both in terms of how research into plastic contamination can be not just be made available to, but done by, the minoritized communities most affected by this contamination, and in terms of the theoretical implications of understanding pollutants as material agents in the environment.

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About the series: Because citizen science work often works outside of institutional channels, it often faces difficulties when it intersects with institutional structures, often disproportionately hurting minoritized communities and those not traditionally served by academic and institutional research models. In this series, we explore this intersection with an aim of understanding how community participation can be made more equitable and just.