Current Projects

Liboiron’s projects stretch across the physical and social sciences. The following are the main containers for multiple sub-projects:

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Photo Credit: David Howells, MEOPAR

Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR)
CLEAR is a feminist science and technology lab that foregrounds equity and justice in all parts of the scientific process, from how to choose research questions (and with whom), to soliciting community peer review before publication. Members include students in geography, biology, earth sciences, sociology, and English, as well as a photographer-in-residence. Together, we research marine plastic pollution in Newfoundland, Canada, with an emphasis on feminist and decolonial methodologies.

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Life Magazine photo for “Throwaway Living” article, 1955.

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, behaviors 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.

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Marine plastics from the Hudson River, NYC 2015.

Pollution is Colonialism
This manuscript-in-progress considers how definitions, techniques, and structures of environmental pollution are based in the values and processes of colonialism. Taking plastic pollution as its case study, the text is a mix of historical, scientific, and social scientific research on how pollution has been framed and enacted, primarily in North America, and how these frameworks are both troubled and brought to bear on plastics, a quickly emerging contaminant of concern.