Liboiron’s projects stretch across the physical and social sciences. The following are the main containers for multiple sub-projects:
Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR)
CLEAR is a feminist, anti-colonial, marine science laboratory that studies plastic pollution. Our goal is to create methodologies for field and bench science grounded in the values of feminist and anti-colonial thought such as equity, humility, and gratitude, from how we choose research questions (and with whom), to regularizing community self-determination by soliciting community peer review before publication. The lab has over 20 members from a variety of disciplines and career stages. Collaboratively, we seek to change how science is done.
Pollution is Colonialism
This manuscript-in-progress considers how definitions, techniques, and structures of environmental pollution are based in the goals and processes of colonialism, particularly colonial relationships to Land. Taking plastic pollution as its case study, the text is a mix of historical, scientific, and social scientific research on how plastic pollution has been framed and enacted within colonial logics, primarily in North America. A pamphlet by the same name, created in collaboration with members of the Endocrine Disruption Action Group (EDAction) can be found here.
The Discard Studies Blog
Critical Discard Studies is an emerging interdisciplinary sub-field that takes waste and wasting, broadly defined, as its topic of study. The field questions premises of what seems normal or given, and analyzes the wider role of society and culture, including social norms, economic systems, forms of labour, ideology, infrastructure and power in definitions of, attitudes toward, behaviours around, and materialities of waste, broadly defined. The Discard Studies Blog is designed as an online gathering place for scholars, activists, environmentalists, students, artists, planners, and others whose work touches on themes relevant to the study of waste and wasting.