Fortun, Kim. Tim Schutz and Kaitlyn Rabach. 2020. Disaster STS Network. 

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Environmental Injustice Case Study Questions

  1. What is the setting of this case?

  2. What environmental health threats (from worst case scenarios, pollution and climate change) are there in this setting? 

  3. What factors -- social, cultural, political, technological, ecological -- contribute to environmental health vulnerability and injustice in this setting?

  4. Who are the stakeholders, what are their characteristics, and what are their perceptions of the problems?

  5. What have different stakeholder groups done (or not done) in response to the problems in this case? 

  6. How have big media outlets and environmental organizations covered environmental problems related to worse case scenarios in this setting?

  7. What local actions would reduce environmental vulnerability and injustice related to fast disaster in this setting?

  8. What extra-local actions (at state, national or international levels) would reduce environmental vulnerability and injustice related to fast disaster in this setting and similar settings?

  9. What kinds of data and research would be useful in efforts to characterize and address environmental threats in this setting and similar settings?

  10. What, in your view, is ethically wrong or unjust in this case?

COVID-19 as environmental health threat

EiJ Research Sketches

The EiJ Research Sketchbook provides scaffolding for students' case study research and writing.  There are sketches for each quesitons.  The sketches are worked on collaboratively in Google docs.  The sketches provide content for each case study question, including various figures pulled from the data resources they explore in their sketches.  

We're developing Sketch Guides for each sketch See this (in construction) EiJ Sketch Guide: Charting Community Assets and Vulnerabilities.   The goal is to teach students to creatively access and use publicly available data, recognizing the limits of all data, and how proxy data can work. 

Click above to see case studies produced by University of California Irvine students in summer 2020.