Café Scientifique: Dr. Mary Collins

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Mary Collins, Postdoctoral Fellow, SESYNC
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 18:30

49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery
49 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Reservations strongly recommended. Call (410) 626-9796.

Not unlike today’s income inequality, striking (and somewhat surprising) disproportionalities are present between industrial sources of environmental toxicity. Across the country's industrial landscape, less than ten percent of permitted facilities generate about 90 percent of total toxicity. My research question is simple: "How do they get away with it?” Toward this end, I will discuss one hypothesis linking social and environmental inequality, focusing on historical roots and potential future solutions.


Dr. Mary Collins is an environmental sociologist interested in environmental inequality, a concept she defines broadly as the inequitable distribution of both environmental privileges and problems across social groups. She conducted her master’s research at the University of Central Florida, looking at alternative methods of dispute resolution in contaminated communities. She conducted her doctoral research at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, studying the socio-political factors and social problems that influence the creation and perpetuation of ecological harm and injustice. At SESYNC, Mary is examining the magnitude and distribution of pollution from individual industry producers across the United States as it related to social groups.

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