A collaboration between Duke University scholars and the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise (ACRE) has focused on environmental justice questions in rural Alabama. In this essay, the partners describe their research on how sewage and related environmental problems intersect with broader social structural issues, and consider how to address these challenges. The authors also reflect on the process by which scholars and community-based organizations can work together, and what goes into a mutually rewarding partnership.
Elizabeth A. Albright
Elizabeth A. Albright, an assistant professor of the practice of environmental science at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, engages in research that focuses on community-level learning in response to extreme events, as well as the distribution of risks across and within communities. She currently studies local-level response to flood disasters in South Carolina and Colorado, and access to local-level water infrastructure in Alabama. Her work, funded by the National Science Foundation, has won awards from the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA).