Tim Schütz


Graduate Student, Cultural Anthropology, University of California Irvine


I'm a second-year PhD researcher in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Since September 2020, I am a visiting researcher at the International College for Innovation, National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan.

My current research examines the digital data and infrastructure that communities need to effectively address entangled economic, environmental and public health challenges. I am developing this focus on "civic data" across a series of collaborative research, infrastructure and pedagogy projects, considering civic data in different settings and across systems and scales. I partiuclarly focus on environmental governance in petrochemical communities, including work on the Formosa Plastics Archive.

As a member of the design group for the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography (PECE), I am interested in questions of data sharing culture, research project architecture and community outreach. I currently edit a monthly PECE-newsletter, you can sign up here.

If you are an educator or organizer, you may also be interested in open access teaching material for the undergraduate course Environmental Injustice (EiJ) and the Beyond EiJ Teaching Collective. You can follow the EiJ Instagram for recent updates.