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Barbara Allen

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Barbara Allen


Membre correspondant du Centre Norbert Elias depuis septembre 2016.


Barbara L. Allen is a professor in the Department of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech's Washington DC regional campus. She has two recent research projects that fall broadly within two interdisciplinary areas: 1) the politics and justice embedded in scientific knowledge and technology, and 2) making participatory environmental health science with lay-people.

B. L. Allen is also currently completing a project funded by the French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health (ANSES)Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail(ANSES), the French agency for food, environment and occupational health & safety (Project website: https://fosepseal.hypotheses.org/a-propos). The goal of the project was to develop, conduct, analyze, and disseminate a  participatory environmental survey in two towns in two polluted  industrial  towns: Fos-sur-Mer and Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône.  Additionally, Allen and her team have gathered empirical data on civic styles of citizen engagement in these towns for comparison with the US and other  EU  nations.

She is also currently completing an NSF-funded project that examines the dynamics of citizens, science, regulation and environmental justice in  heavily polluted regions in the U.S. and the EU (Italy and France).  The research is focused on how different national, cultural, and institutional contexts condition the dynamics of citizen responses to environmental problems and regulatory change. Additionally, the project examines how citizens, organizations,  and other non-traditional science institutions participate in the  shaping  of policy-relevant scientific and technical knowledge.  During the fieldwork phase of the project, Allen wassupported by a five-month resident fellowship at the Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées (IMéRA) in Marseille.

Previously, also funded by the NSF, Allen completed research that examined  both the efficacy of, and the types of justice embedded in, NGO efforts in the rebuilding and repatriation of post-disaster New Orleans. Through comparative analysis of the rebuilding of three heavily flooded neighborhoods, she drew draw conclusions on what synergies and  alliances  were most successful and why.  (Project website: http://www.sts.vt.edu/faculty/allen/katrina/)

Allen teaches graduate courses in the social study of science and technology, including: social study of science and technology, sociology of knowledge, public participation in S+T,  qualitative research methods, and science, technology and social justice.

Allen received her Ph.D. in STS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999.

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