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Phil Brown, Rachel Morello-Frosch, and Stephen Zavestoski

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520270206

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520270206.001.0001

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The Brown Superfund Research Program

The Brown Superfund Research Program

A Multistakeholder Partnership Addresses Problems in Contaminated Communities

(p.209) 12 The Brown Superfund Research Program
Contested Illnesses

Laura Senier

Benjamin Hudson

Sarah Fort

Elizabeth Hoover

Rebecca Tillson

Phil Brown

University of California Press

This chapter discusses a case study of the Brown University Superfund Research Program, in which academic researchers and state agency personnel collaborated with community activists in developing legislation to give temporary financial relief to residents of a contaminated neighborhood while they awaited cleanup. Relationships between stakeholders in cases involving contaminated sites are often contentious, in part because biomedical and engineering scientists are not trained to recognize and address the social problems that accompany the environmental hazards. By creating opportunities for cooperation, outreach efforts that make the research results more accessible can begin to repair trust among stakeholders and thus may pave the way for speedier site cleanup and reuse. This case study also shows how the inclusion of social scientists in a research translation and outreach program can contribute to a broader understanding of the social and political contexts that shape interactions between professionals and affected communities.

Keywords:   Brown Superfund Research Program, contaminated communities, social scientists, social problems, environmental hazards

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