Kim Fortun


Kim Fortun is a Professor in the University of California Irvine’s Department of Anthropology.  Her research and teaching focus on environmental risk and disaster, and on experimental ethnographic methods and research design.  Her research has examined how people in different geographic and organizational contexts understand environmental problems, uneven distributions of environmental health risks, developments in the environmental health sciences, and factors that contribute to disaster vulnerability.  Fortun’s book Advocacy After Bhopal Environmentalism, Disaster, New World Orders examines political economic, social, cultural, and discursive dynamics that produce environmental injustice.  Fortun is working on a book, Late IndustrialismMaking Environmental Sense, on The Asthma Files, a collaborative project to understand how air pollution and environmental public health are dealt with in different contexts, and on design of the Platform for Experimental and Collaborative Ethnography (PECE), an open source digital platform for anthropological and historical research. She also helps organize the Disaster-STS Research Network and co-edits (with Scott Knowles) a book series for University of Pennsylvania Press titled Critical Studies in Risk and Disaster.  From September 2017 through August 2019, Fortun served as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science, the international scholarly society representing the field of Science and Technology Studies.


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August 12, 2020 - 4:36pm

Critical Commentary

This is Kim Fortun's collaboration bio as of 12 August 2020. This artifact was originally created to share with participants of the 6S pre-conference workshop. It has been reused in subsequent years' workshops.


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Anonymous, "Kim Fortun", contributed by Kim Fortun, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 13 April 2022, accessed 12 August 2022.