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Liboiron, M. (2021). Pollution is Colonialism. Durham: Duke University Press.

Liboiron, M. and Lepwasky, J. (2022). Discard Studies: Wasting, Systems, and Power. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Refereed Journal Publications

Lusher, Amy L., Jennifer F. Provencher, Julia E. Baak, Bonnie M. Hamilton, Katrin Vorkamp, Ingeborg G. Hallanger, Liz Pijogge, Max Liboiron, Madelaine Bourdages, Sjúrður Hammer, Maria Gavrilo, Jesse Vermaire, Jannie F Linnebjerg, Mark L. Mallory, and Geir Wing Gabrielsen. (2022). Monitoring litter and microplastics in Arctic mammals and birds. Arctic Science,

Liboiron, M., Zahara, A., Hawkins, K., Crespo, C., Neves, B., Wareham-Hayes, V., Edinger, E., Muise, C., Walzak, M., Sarazen, R., Chidley, J., Mills, C., Watwood, L., Arif, H., Earles, E., Pijogge, L., Shirley, J., Jacobs, J., McCarney, P., Charron, L. (2021). Abundance and types of plastic pollution in surface waters and the case for reconciliation science in the Eastern Arctic (Inuit Nunangat). Science of the Total Environment.

Harris, L., Liboiron, M., Charron, L., Mather, C. (2020). Using citizen science to evaluate extended producer responsibility policy to reduce marine plastic debris shows no reduction in pollution levels. Marine Policy, 123: 104319.

Saturno, J., Liboiron, M., Ammendolia, J., Healey, N., Earles, E., Duman, N., Schoot, I., Morris, T., Favaro, B. (2020). Occurrence of plastics ingested by Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) destined for human consumption (Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador). Marine Pollution Bulletin, 153: 110993.

Cowger, W., Booth, A., Hamilton, B., Primpke, S., Munno, K., Lusher, A., Dehaut, A., Vaz, V., Liboiron, M., Devriese, L., Hermabessiere, L., Rochmna, R., Stelle, C., Athey, S., Lych, J., De Frond, H., Gray, A., Jones, O., Brander, S., Thaysen, C., Moore, S., Sanchez, A., & Nel., H. (2020). Reporting guidelines to increase the reproducibility and comparability of research on microplastics. Applied Spectrosocopy, 74(9): 1066-1077.

Persaud, D., Lepawsky, J. & Liboiron, M. (2019). Viscous Objects: The Uneven Resistances of Repair. Techniques & Culture. Revue semestrielle d’anthropologie des techniques, (72), 126-129.

Liboiron, M., Melvin, J., Richárd, N., Saturno, J., Ammendolia, J., Charron, L., & Mather, C. (2019). Low incidence of plastic ingestion among three fish species significant for human consumption on the island of Newfoundland, Canada. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 141: 224-248.

Kenny, C., Liboiron, M., Wylie, S. (2019). “Seeing Power with a Flashlight: Making and Doing Politics in Classroom Pedagogy with DIY Open Science Hardware.”  Social Studies of Science, 49(1): 3-28.

Liboiron, M., Tironi, M., Calvillo, N. (2018). “Toxic Politics: Acting in a Permanently Polluted World.” Social Studies of Science, 48(3): 331-349.

Liboiron, F., Ammendolia, J., Saturno, J., Melvin, J., Zahara, A., Richárd, N., & Liboiron, M. (2018). A zero percent plastic ingestion rate by silver hake (Merluccius bilinearis) from the south coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 131, 267-275.

Provencher, J.F., Avery-Gomm, S., Liboiron, M., Braune, B.M., Macaulay, J.B., Mallory, M.L., Letcher, R.J. (2018). Are ingested plastics a vector of PCB contamination in northern fulmars from coastal Newfoundland and Labrador? Environmental Research, 167: 184-190.

Liboiron, M., Ammendolia, J., Winsor, K., Zahara, A., Bradshaw, H., Melvin, J., Mather, C., Dawe, N., Wells, E., Liboiron, F. and Fürst, B. (2017). “Equity in Author Order: A Feminist Laboratory’s Approach.” Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience3(2).

McWilliams, M., Liboiron, M., Wiersma, Y. (2017). “Rocky shoreline protocols miss microplastics in marine debris surveys (Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador),” Marine Pollution Bulletin, advanced proof. (pre-print proof here).

Avery-Gomm, S., Provencher, J. F., Liboiron, M., Poon, F. E., & Smith, P. A. (2017). Plastic pollution in the Labrador Sea: An assessment using the seabird northern fulmar Fulmarus glacialis as a biological monitoring speciesMarine Pollution Bulletin, advanced proof.

Liboiron, M. (2017). “Compromised Action: The Case of BabyLegs,” Engaging Science, Technology, Society, 3: 499-527. (Open access)

Wylie, S., Shapiro, N., Liboiron, M. (2017). “Making and Doing Politics Through Grassroots Scientific Research on the Energy and Petrochemical Industries,” Engaging Science, Technology, Society, 3: 393-425. (Open access)

Eriksen, M., Liboiron, M., Kiessling, T., Charron, L., Alling, A., Lebreton, L., Richards, H., Roth, B., Ory, N., Hidalgo-Ruz, V., Meerhoff, E., Box., C., Cimmins, A., Theil, M. (2017). “Microplastic sampling with the AVANI trawl compared to two neuston trawls in the Bay of Bengal and South Pacific,” Environmental Pollution, advanced proof.

Sardelis, S., Oester, S., & Liboiron, M. (2017). “Ten strategies to reduce gender inequality at scientific conferences.Frontiers in Marine Science, 4, 231. (Open access)

Dosemagen, S., Liboiron, M. & Molloy, J., (2017). “Gathering for Open Science Hardware 2016.” Journal of Open Hardware 1(1): 4-6. (Open access)

Liboiron, M., Liboiron, F., Wells, E., Richard, N., Zahara, A., Mather, C., & Murichi, J. (2016). “Low plastic ingestion rate in Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua) from Newfoundland destined for human consumption collected through citizen science methods.”Marine Pollution Bulletin 113(1): 428-437.

Avery-Gomm, S., Valliant, M., Schacter, C. R., Robbins, K. F., Liboiron, M., Daoust, P. Y., … & Jones, I. L. (2016). “A study of wrecked Dovekies (Alle alle) in the western North Atlantic highlights the importance of using standardized methods to quantify plastic ingestion.” Marine Pollution Bulletin, 113(1): 75-80.

Liboiron, M. (2016). “Care and Solidarity Are Conditions for Interventionist Research.” Engaging Science, Technology, Society, (2): 67-72. (Open access)

Liboiron, M. (2016). “Redefining pollution and action: The matter of plastics.” Journal of Material Culture, 21(1): 87-110.

Gray-Cosgrove, C., Liboiron, M., & Lepawsky, J. (2016). “The Challenges of Temporality to Depollution & Remediation.” SAPI ENS. Surveys and Perspectives Integrating Environment and Society, (8.1). (Open access)

Pine, K. H., & Liboiron, M. (2015). “The Politics of Measurement and Action.” In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM: 3147-3156.

Morello-Frosch, R., Varshavsky. J., Liboiron, M., Brown, P., Brody, J.B. (2015). “Communicating Results in Post-Belmont Era Biomonitoring Studies: Lessons from Genetics and Neuroimaging Research,” Environmental Research, 136: 363-372.

Cohen, D. and Liboiron, M. (2014). “New York’s Two Sandys,” Metropolitics. Online. (Open access)

Liboiron, M. and Wachsmuth, D. (2013). “The Fantasy of Disaster Response: Governance and Social Action During Hurricane Sandy,” Social Text Periscope. Online.  (Open access)

Liboiron, M. (2013). “Modern Waste as Strategy,” Lo Squaderno: Explorations in Space and Society, 29: 9-12. (Open access)

Liboiron, M., (2012). “Tactics of Waste, Dirt and Discard in the Occupy Movement,” Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, 11(3-4): 393-401.

Liboiron, M., (2010). “Recycling as a Crisis of Meaning,” Etopia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 4: 1-9. (Open access)

Edited Collections

Liboiron, M., Simmonds, E., Allen, E., Wells, E., Melvin, J., Zahara, A., Mather, C., All our teachers. (2021). “Doing Ethics with Cod,” Making and Doing: Activating STS through Knowledge Expression and Travel. Edited by Gary Downey and Tuen Zuiderent-Jerak. MIT Press: 137-153.

Liboiron, M. (2020). “Exchanging,” Transmissions: Critical Tactics for Making and Communicating Research. Edited by Kat Jungnickel. MIT Press: 1-15.

Henderson, J., Liboiron, M. (2019). Compromise and Action: Tactics for Doing Ethical Research in Disaster Zones, The New Environmental Crisis: Hazard, Disaster, and the Challenges Ahead, Eds. Kendra, J. Knowles, S.G., Wachtendorf, T. Springer: 295-309.

Liboiron, M. (2018). “Using art to research diverse economies: social experiments in re-valuing waste.” In Crocker, R (Ed). Subverting Consumerism. Routledge: 46-64.

Robles-Anderson, E. and Liboiron, M. (2016). “Coupling Complexity: Ecological Cybernetics as a Resource for Nonrepresentational Moves to Action,” Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment. Eds. Nicole Starosielski & Janet Walker. Routledge: 248-263.

Liboiron, M. (2015). “Disaster Data, Data Activism: Grassroots Responses to Representations of Superstorm Sandy,” Extreme Weather and Global Media. Eds. Diane Negra and Julia Leyda. Routledge.

Liboiron, M. (2013). “Plasticizers: A Twenty-first Century Miasma,” Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastics, Eds. Jennifer Gabrys, Gay Hawkins, Mike Michael. Routledge: 22-44.

Invited & Non-Refereed Publications

Garcîa, Maru, and Max Liboiron. (2022). Cross Contamination. Art in America. April 2022: 36-40.

Fernanda Yanchapaxi, María, Max Liboiron, Katherine Crocker, Deondre Smiles, and Eve Tuck. (2022). Finding a good starting place: An interview with scholars in the CLEAR Lab. Curriculum Inquiry 52(2): 162-170.

Liboiron, Max. (2021). Decolonizing geoscience requires more than equity and inclusion. Nature Geoscience 14: 876-877.

Ngata, Tina, Max Liboiron. (2021). A Māori Approach to starting research from where you are. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, 7(2): 1–7.

Gutiérrez, R., Liboiron, M. (2020). Strong Animals: Humility in Science. Science for the People 22(2), Special issue on The Science We Need.

Liboiron, M. (2018). “Hormone Disruption in Newfoundland,” Correspondences, Cultural Anthropology. August 14.

Liboiron, M., Zahara, A., & Schoot, I. (2018). “Community Peer Review: A Method to Bring Consent and Self-Determination into the Sciences.” Preprint.

Liboiron, M., & Vermeersch, L. (2017). “Recycler: une crise du sens.” Vacarme, (2), 99-103.

Lepawsky, J., Liboiron, M., Keeling, A., Mather, C. (2017). “Repair-scapes,” Continent 6(1): 56-61. (Open access)

Liboiron, M. (2016). “Civic Technologies for Monitoring Marine Plastics,” Journal of Ocean Technology 11(2): 36-45. (Open access)

Liboiron, M. (2015). “Davis, ‘Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology,’” Roundtable Review, Hnet 5(8). (Open access)

Liboiron, M. (2015). “An Ethics of Surplus and the Right to Waste,” Society & Space Open Forum, special forum on discards, diverse economies, and degrowth. (Open access)

Lepawsky, J., and Liboiron, M. (2015). “Why Discards, Diverse Economies, and Degrowth?,” Society & Space Open Forum, special forum on discards, diverse economies, and degrowth. (Open access)

Liboiron, M. (2014). “Mapping Waste When Waste is Invisible,” Grassroots Mapping Forum: The Public Lab Community Journal of Environmental Research, 6: 2. (Open access)

Liboiron, M. (2014). “The Plastisphere,” The Petroleum Magna. Eds. Marina Zurkow and Valerie Vogrin. Peanut Books: 24.

Liboiron. M. (2013). “A Review of The City Recycled: The Afterlives of Demolished Buildings in Post-war Beijing by Shih-yang Kao,” Dissertation Reviews, 4. (Open access)

Liboiron, M., Solomon, M., and Lai, V. (2013). “The Object Ethnography Project,” Anamesa: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Spring: 75-84. (Open access)

Liboiron, M. (2012). “Occasional Paper No.2: A Citizen’s Guide to Plastic Pollution,” Material World Occasional Paper Series, ISSN 2158-5660. (Open access)

Policy White Papers

Follmer, Jula, Max Liboiron, Andrea Rechenburg, Thomas Kistenmann. (forthcoming 2022). WHO Health Evidence Network synthesis report: Cultural contexts of health: how do the cultural contexts of waste practices affect health and well-being? Health Evidence Network, Geneva.

AMAP. (2021). AMAP Litter and Microplastics Monitoring Plan. Tromso, Norway: Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme.

AMAP. (2021). Overview of AMAP Initiatives for Monitoring and Assessment of Plastic Pollution in the Arctic. Tromso, Norway: Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme.

AMAP. (2021). AMAP Litter and Microplastics Monitoring Guidelines. Version 1.0. Tromso, Norway: Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme.   

Kuzmochka, Nic and Max Liboiron.* (2020). Memorial University Diversity Audit of Awards: 2013-2019. Office of the Vice-President (Research). St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador: Memorial University.

Liboiron, M., Duman, N., Bond, A., Charron, L., Liboiron, F., Hawkins, K., Wells, E., Melvin, J. (2020). Regional Report on plastic pollution in Newfoundland and Labrador, 1962-2019. Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR). St. John’s: Memorial University.

Endocrine Disruptors Action Group (EDAction) (2016). Toxic by Design: Eliminating harmful flame retardant chemicals from our bodies, homes, & communitiesPolicy White Paper. (Open access)

Superstorm Research Lab. (2013). A Tale of Two Sandys. Policy white paper. (Open access)

Writing for Public Audiences

Liboiron, Max. (2021). Firsting in Research. Discard Studies, January 18. 5.9k views. Reblogged at CLEAR Blog and Heliotrope.

Liboiron, Max. (2021). #Collabrary: a methodological experiment for reading with reciprocity. CLEAR, January 3. 6k views.

Liboiron, M. (2020). Plastics in the Gut: A search for sand on a rocky shoreline upends colonial science. Orion (winter): 22-29.

Gutiérrez, R., Liboiron, M. (2020). Strong Animals: Humility in Science. Science for the People 22(2), Special issue on The Science We Need.

Liboiron, M. (2019). Decolonizing your syllabus? You might have missed some steps. CLEAR, August 12. 11,600+ views.

Liboiron, M. (2018). How Plastic Is a Function of Colonialism. Teen Vogue. December 21.

Liboiron, M. (2018). “Not all fish eat plastics,” The Conversation, July 11.

Liboiron, M., Molloy, J. (2017). “We need to break science out of its ivory tower – here’s one way to do so,” The Conversation. April 25.

Global Open Science Hardware (GOSH) Manifesto. (2016). Facilitating authors: Max Liboiron & Greg Austic.

Liboiron, M. (2015). “How the Ocean Cleanup Array Fundamentally Misunderstands Marine Plastics and Causes Harm,” Discard Studies Blog. 6/5/2015

Liboiron, M. (2014). “Why Discard Studies?,” Discard Studies Blog. 5/7/2014

Liboiron, M. (2014). “Against Awareness, For Scale: Garbage is Infrastructure, Not Behavior,Discard Studies Blog. 1/23/2014