Lourdes Vera is a PhD candidate 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. Specifically, she works with residents in Karnes County, Texas to monitor their air near oil and gas facilities. As a former science teacher, she is interested in fusing critical pedagogy with citizen science to promote democratic participation in science and inform environmental policy. As part of EDGI, Lourdes is on the coordinating committee and facilitates the Environmental Data Justice working group. Lourdes holds an MA in Teaching Earth Science from CUNY Brooklyn College and BA in Urban Studies from Barnard College.
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