- PhD Environmental law and policy Harvard University, 2000
- BA/LLB law, political science, history, literature University of Melbourne, Australia, 1993
Science, technology and environment; green chemistry; sustainability learning; environmental policy
Research DescriptionBroadly, I look at the intersections between science, technology, and environment. I am especially interested in how technologies – ranging from chemistry, energy systems, environmental health monitoring, to information technology – can not only affect societies and the environment (and vice versa), but generate better environmental protection. See my faculty website for more details: My web siteAt this point, I am focused on green chemistry (as one example of the chemical industry’s broader transition to sustainability) and biomass resources (including biofuels and biomass chemistry). I am very interested in whether and how biomass resources can contribute to satisfying energy needs, reducing the toxicity of chemicals, and enhancing the use of renewable resources – without causing environmental, health, and social damage.With Professor Richard Norgaard at the Energy & Resources Group and S&E graduate students, I am co-leading a $345,000 three year collaborative project funded by the Energy Biosciences Institute at UC Berkeley to study the life cycle impacts of biofuels in Brazil and the development of regulation and policy to address these impacts.With Professor Rachel Morello-Frosch of S&E, I am co-leading a $360,000 three year National Science Foundation-funded project to study the politics and policy of biomonitoring in the US. My primary focus in this area is on tracking emerging concepts in environmental health science, and on biomonitoring and other community-driven ways of monitoring health effects and exposures to risks. This helps me understand the societal, political, and technical contexts within which green chemistry, nanotechnology, sustainable industry initiatives, and other S&T developments are taking form or play out.
"Re-Thinking Differential Obligations: Equity Under the Biodiversity Convention." Leiden Journal of International Law 16:2, 217-251 (2003).
- 60 - Environmental Policy, Administration, and Law
- 98 - DIRECTED GROUP STDY
- 195 - Senior Thesis
- 197 - FIELD STUDY
- 198 - DIRECTED GROUP STDY
- 199 - SUPERV INDEP STUDY
- C234 - Green Chemistry: An Interdisciplonary Approach to Sustainability
- 261 - Sustainability and Society
- 290 - SPECIAL TOPICS ESPM
- 298 - DIRECT GROUP STUDY
- 299 - INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH