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Political ecology, environmental history, tropical land use, the role of scientific knowledge in development and the politics of climate change, Southeast Asia.
- Science and Technology Studies
- Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
In our high-tech world, researchers and policymakers are turning to public satellite-based technologies to help guide policy at the intersection of human health and well-being and the environment. Jenny Goldstein’s research asks how these remote sensing technologies produce certain types of environmental knowledge and how that knowledge reworks ecologies, communities, and capital. Working with faculty fellow Sara Pritchard and researchers at the World Resources Institute, Goldstein will analyze WRI’s innovative Global Forest Watch technology, currently being piloted in Southeast Asia. The project will provide new ways to understand and assess the sustainability of forest-based livelihoods, the impacts of forest fires on human health, and the sustainability of large-scale development of food and biofuel crops like oil palm.