Brown University School of Engineering

Superfund Research Program: Seminar

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Friday, October 04, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Defining “the Community” of a Contaminated Site: Implications for Involving Communities in Environmental Health Risk Assessment & Reuse Planning, presented by Britt Dahlberg, University of Pennsylvania In this talk, Britt Dahlberg draws on ethnographic research (conducted between 2009-2013) of a Pennsylvania Superfund site to explore how government agency staff and local residents invoked various notions of who could “speak for” the community, in order to determine inclusion in risk assessment and reuse decisions. Implications are discussed for involving communities in environmental health programs and Superfund sites, as well as for social scientific understandings of citizen-science and the role of risk assessment and remedy selection in community building, hazard mitigation, and community inclusion.