The TRU is a home for graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty research in technoscience studies at the University of Toronto with a focus on critical and social justice approaches to the study of science and technology. The TRU is located in the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto and is home to the Environmental Data Justice Lab. I have been the director of the TRU since its founding in 2007, and am currently co-director with Prof. Kristen Bos.
Bringing together geography, history, Indigenous studies , environmental studies, and science studies, the Engineered Worlds project seeks to re-theorize social science approaches to massive cumulative environmental violence. The impacts of human industrial activity – extreme weather, rising oceans, changing habitats, shifting food sources, and new health challenges – render problematic the longstading nature-culture binary that has shaped research. To understand these impacts, we need new concepts that are adequate to the problem of a radically changing biosphere. The Engineered Worlds project is funded by the Neubaurer Collegium and is a collaboration with Joseph Masco, Jake Kosek, and Tim Choy.
I am thrilled to be part of the editorial collective collaborating to make possible this journal, as well as to serve as a lead editor from 2017-2019. supports the expanding interdisciplinary field of feminist science and technology studies by supporting theoretically inventive and methodologically creative scholarship incorporating approaches from critical public health, disability studies, postcolonial studies, queer theory, sci-art, technology and digital media studies, history and philosophy of science and medicine.
Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI)
EDGI is a North American network of 175 members from more than 30 different academic institutions and 10 non-profit or grassroots organizations, as well as caring and committed volunteers who come from a broad spectrum of work and life backgrounds. We work in collaboration with other organizations and communities concerned about climate change, science policy, good governance, and environmental and data justice with a focus on the United States. EDGI analyzes federal environmental data, websites, institutions, and policy, as well as seeks to improve environmental data stewardship and to promote environmental health and environmental justice. EDGI has four major program areas: ONE: archiving vulnerable environmental data, TWO: monitoring changes to information about the environment, energy, and climate on federal websites, THREE: interviewing federal employees about threats and changes to environmental health agencies, and FOUR: imagining, conceptualizing, and moving toward Environmental Data Justice. Our work in these areas has yielded three major reports, numerous website monitoring reports, academic articles, public comments on regulations, op-ed and analysis pieces written for the public, and extensive coverage in the news. EDGI is viewed as the preeminent watchdog group for material on federal environmental data issues on government websites. Our work is widely acknowledged, including hundreds of mentions in leading national and international media such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN. For more about our accomplishments, read our Annual Report. I am a founding member of EDGI, served on the steering committee from 2016-2018, organized the first EDGI data archiving event, and lead the Environmental Data Justice Working Group.
Launched in 2008, the Technoscience Salon is an open forum for entangling intellectual and political questions about technoscience while remixing the disciplines composing Science and Technology Studies. Meeting monthly, the Salon aims to create a lively community of thinkers with interests in technoscience studies from around the GTA and beyond. The Salon aspires to prompt political, playful, experimental engagements, as well as new collaborations and conversations.
Endocrine Disruptors Action is a working group of researchers concerned with the widespread presence of endocrine disrupting chemicals in commodities, built environments, industrial emissions, ecosystems, waters, and atmospheres. EDAction advocates for improvements to Canadian toxics governance and seeks to advance critical discussions about the regulation, science, and monitoring of endocrine disrupting chemicals. The work of EDAction is funded by the Alterlife SSHRC Insight Grant.
Select Past Collaborations:
- Biopolitics and Technocience Lecture Series organized with Brian Beaton (2006-7)
- Theorizing Transnationality, Gender, and Citizenship Lecture Series organized with Linzi Manicom and Alissa Trotz (2002-3)
- The RaceSci Website (1996-2007)