Lourdes Vera is a PhD student and member of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University. Her dissertation research applies a framework of "Environmental Data Justice" developed with the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) to envision and implement systems of data production and stewardship driven by communities affected by environmental contamination. As a former science teacher, she is interested in fusing critical pedagogy with citizen science to promote democratic participation in producing scientific knowledge and informing environmental policy. Specifically, she works with a grassroots group in Karnes County, Texas and across North America to develop and validate a photopaper tool that measures and maps low, chronic amounts of the neurotoxic gas hydrogen sulfide. As part of EDGI, Lourdes has led the organization's communications team, served on the Steering Committee, and is part of the Environmental Data Justice working group. After finishing her PhD, she hopes to lead a transdisciplinary citizen science lab. Lourdes holds an MA in Teaching Earth and Environmental Science from CUNY Brooklyn College and BA in Urban Studies with a concentration in Environmental Science from Barnard College at Columbia University.
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