Environmental justice (EJ) advocacy relies heavily on environmental science, but environmental data is often inaccessible or illegible to community residents and activists engaged in EJ work. Anthropologists have documented the role of such epistemic injustice in the perpetuation of environmental racism. This presentation discusses how anthropologists working with EJ activists can use their research methods, ethnographic data, and university networks to build community environmental data literacy. This paper discusses a collaboration among community organizers, ethnographers, and scientists to develop an environmental justice and science training curriculum for residents engaged in a local air pollution monitoring project.
Cox, Katie. 2021. Epistemic Justice through Community-Engaged Research: Using Ethnography to Build Environmental Data Literacy. Abstract for 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, March 22-27, 2021.
Katie Cox, "Epistemic Justice through Community-Engaged Research: Using Ethnography to Build Environmental Data Literacy (Katie Cox)", contributed by Katie Cox, Disaster STS Network, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 2 January 2021, accessed 13 August 2022. https://disaster-sts-network.org/content/epistemic-justice-through-community-engaged-research-using-ethnography-build-environmental