Research

EcoFem Lab

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heather oleary

DIRECTOR

Heather O'Leary

Assistant Professor
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Anthropology

ABOUT

The EcoFem Lab is an interdisciplinary think-tank at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg that explores the hidden connections between environmentalist and feminist ways of understanding the world’s most pressing problems. Researchers document cultural evidence of our assumptions about nature and gender to analyze how these assumptions undermine, reinforce, and reshape environmental justice and gender equity. The EcoFem Lab’s research argues that these cultural insights can be applied to increase representational justice in everyday life, in activism, and in the academy.

CORE RESEARCH THEMES

  • Epistemic violence (limiting the ways people know and understand gendered and environmental issues)
  • Gendered and Environmental labor, extractivist economics
  • Global climate and development hotspots: political ecologies of coasts, cities, and global south contexts
  • Representational justice in the academy, activism, popular culture, and social media
  • Feminist Co-Mentoring

Media & Press

Current student researchers

Latesia Coleman

Latesia Coleman

Holly Shuff

Holly Shuff

FORMER STUDENT RESEARCHERS

Giulio Aleppo

Giulio Aleppo

juliebeach

Julie Beach

Darby Blekicki

Darby Blekicki

Bethany Brittingham

Bethany Brittingham

Shelby Edmeads

Shelby Edmeads

Taylor Ganzert

Taylor Gantzert

Melissa Greene

Melissa Greene

Olivia Hanson

Olivia Hanson

Aditi Patel

Aditi Patel

ruben robles

Ruben Robles

ahsley schipae

Ashley Schipae

Samantha Silva Arroyo

Samantha Silva Arroyo

isabella sutherland

Isabella Sutherland

Bekah Vigil

Bekah Vigil

Christine Wood

Christine Wood