Dr. Laura Senier, M.P.H., Ph.D. will be returning to Brown as this month’s Superfund Seminar Series lecturer. Dr. Senier, as an assistant professor of sociology, anthropology and health sciences at Northeastern University focuses on the intersection of medical and sociological research with implementation and practice in communities.
Join us Friday, October 28, 2016 for for Brokering Environmental Justice: Community Health Partnerships in Three Milwaukee Neighborhoods: Environmental justice partnerships nationwide are redefining healthy communities as places where residents can not only be safe from environmental hazards but also can purchase nutritious foods, exercise in safe and attractive recreation spaces, and work in jobs that produce a family-supporting income. Activists advancing such a broad notion of environmental justice must reconcile the contradictory needs and interests of diverse stakeholders: residents, elected officials, regulatory agencies, and the business community. We study three Milwaukee neighborhoods that have sought to redevelop contaminated industrial land in pursuit of multiple goals: to foster economic revitalization, improve population health, preserve natural resources, and address environmental and social inequalities. In two of the three sites, we find that coalition brokers cultivated a sustainable development frame that was broad enough to unify diverse stakeholders and embedded that frame in the mission of a brokering organization. We attribute stalled redevelopment efforts in the third site in part to the lack of a coalition broker who could foreground the social justice concerns of marginalized communities. Our work highlights successful strategies and barriers in the formation of cross-movement coalitions for environmental justice, and how sensitive mobilization strategies must be to local context.
Lecture: Friday, October 28, 12:00 p.m., Brown University Alpert Medical School Building, 222 Richmond Street, Room 270.