Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Global Development
Lauren Drakopulos is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Global Development. Most broadly, she is interested in the integration of new forms of data and technology in environmental governance, how they shape relationships between environmental actors, and the implications for development, resource access and control. As a human-environment geographer, her research takes a multi-scalar approach that considers the complex interdependencies between local material and historical contexts and global processes. Much of her research has focused on oceans and fisheries as a prime optic for exploring the convergence of environmental, regulatory and sociotechnical change.
At Cornell, Lauren is studying the impacts of new technologies and data sharing practices on rural, resource-based livelihoods. Through a case study of small-scale fisheries in Indonesia, she is investigating the potential for data access to support women’s roles in fishery value-chains. Additionally, she is examining how environmental technologies shape the way state and non-state actors negotiate agency and legitimacy through processes of state-making and development. Through this research she is developing a framework for understanding data technologies as avenues for building equity in resource management.
Grant Funded Research
- “Developing equity-oriented data practices for small-scale fisheries,” National Science Foundation, SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2021-2023 ($148,000).
- “Big data in ocean science and governance.” Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Institutional Explore Grant, University of Guelph, 2020-2021 ($5,000).
- “Urban ecologies of vulnerability and risk: What is the role of fish consumption advisories?” National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Graduate Pursuit Program, 2017-2019 ($42,000). PIs: Lauren Drakopulos and Meghna Marjadi
- 2021. Marjadi, M.M., Drakopulos, L., Guo, L., Koehn, Z., Panchang, S., and Robertson, D. “Uncovering urban ecologies of vulnerability and risk in subsistence fishing: a mixed-methods study.” Environmental Science and Policy,121, 68-77.
- 2020. Drakopulos, L. “New Materialist Approaches to Fisheries: The Birth of Bycatch.” Environment and Society: Advances in Research, 11, 101-114. DOI:10.3167/ares.2020.110107
- 2020. Drakopulos, L., Guo, L., Koehn, Z., Marjadi, M.M., Panchang, S., and Robertson, D. “Transdisciplinary approaches in urban health and environment: A reflection on place and fish consumption advisories in the Gulf Coast.” Projections, 15. DOI:10.1162/00c13b77.0c274823
- PhD in Geography, Certificate in Public Scholarship, University of Washington
- MS in Environmental Science and Policy, BA in Anthropology, University of South Florida-St. Petersburg
Science and technology studies
lad282 [at] cornell.edu