2016 Allen, Barbara, Alison Cohen, Yolaine Ferrier, Johanna Lees, and Travis Richards. ”Redesigning a Participatory Health Study for a French Industrial Context.“ New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy 26(3): 458-474.
2014 “From Suspicious Illness to Policy Change in Petrochemical Regions: Popular Epidemiology, Science, and the Law in the U.S. and Italy,” in Powerless Science? Science and Politics in a Toxic World, eds. Soraya Boudia and Nathalie Jas (Oxford, UK: Berghahn Books) pp.152–169.
2013 “Justice as Measure of Non Governmental Organization (NGO) Success in Post-Disaster Community Assistance,” Science Technology and Human Values,” Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 224–249.
2013 “Neighborhood as ’Green Laboratory‘: A Critique of Actor Network Theory and Allied NGO Strategies in Post-Disaster New Orleans,” Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia, Vol 54, No. 1, pp. 3–25.
2012 “A Tale of Two Lawsuits: Making Policy-Relevant Environmental Health Knowledge in Italian and US Chemical Regions,” in Dangerous Trade: Histories of Industrial Hazard Across a Globalizing World, eds. Chris Sellers and Jo Melling (Philadelphia: Temple University Press) pp. 154–167.
2015–2017 ANSES (L’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail) (208,000 euros) ”Etude Participative en Santé-Environnement Ancrée Localement (EPSEAL) sur le front industriel de la zone Fos-sur-Mer/ Etang de Berre.” Learn more at https://fosepseal.hypotheses.org/a-propos.
2012–2017 National Science Foundation ($138,000) “Chemical Communities: Shaping Policy-Relevant Science and Industrial Transformation in an International Perspective (EU and US).”
2009–2012 National Science Foundation ($125,000) “Dynamics of Citizens and Organizations in Knowledge Making, Building Practices, and repatriation of New Orleans’ Historic Neighborhoods.” Learn more at http://www.sts.vt.edu/faculty/allen/katrina/.
Current Research: Currently working on an NSF-funded project (2012–2017) that examines the dynamics of citizens, science, regulation, and environmental justice in heavily polluted regions in the U.S. and the EU (Italy and France). The research examines how different national, cultural, and institutional contexts condition the dynamics of citizen response to environmental problems and regulatory change. Additionally, the project explores how citizens, organizations, and other non-traditional science institutions participate in the shaping of policy-relevant scientific and technical knowledge.
Also currently leading a project funded by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health+Safety (ANSES) to develop, conduct, analyze, and disseminate a participatory environmental health survey in two towns in a polluted industrial zone. Additionally the project will gather empirical data on civic styles of citizen engagement in France for comparison with the US and other EU nations.
Public Engagement with Science/Technology
Comparative EU/US Environmental Policy
Community/Participatory Environmental Health Research
Science, Technology and Social Justice
Society for Social Studies of Science
European Association for the Study of Science and Technology