This talk examines the interplay of urban demography, industrialization and risk management to identify local mechanisms driving socio-environmental change. The study is informed by spatial and historical comparison of hazardous waste site accumulation in four major U.S. cities (Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Portland, OR) over five decades, from 1955 to 2008. Data for the analysis include detailed site-, tract-, and city-level information gathered for thousands of current and former industrial sites - most of which remain unacknowledged in government reports and hazardous site lists. Results show how industrial churning, residential churning, and risk containment intersect to produce cumulative socio-environmental transformations of urban lands.
Dr. Scott Frickel (Sociology | Brown University) is the Director of Graduate Studies at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, specializing in research and teaching on the intersections of nature, knowledge and politics. He is the author of Chemical Consequences: Environmental Mutagens and the Rise of Genetic Toxicology and has co-edited two books: The New Political Sociology of Science: Institutions, Networks, and Power (with Kelly Moore) and Fields of Knowledge: Science, Politics, and Publics in the Neoliberal Age (with David J. Hess). He has published on various subjects including environmental sociology, disaster, science activism, and interdisciplinarity. Dr. Frickel is past chair of the Science, Knowledge and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association.