Kirk Jalbert

Headshot of Fellow Kirk Jalbert

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Environment and Sustainability in the University at Buffalo

Fellowship Project:  Assessing Landowner Perceptions of Environmental and Public Health Risks When Signing Easements Agreements for Oil and Gas Pipelines/ Critical Infrastructure Criminalization Bills/ Exploring the Use of a Low-Cost Photopaper Tool for Citizen Science Detection of Urban Gas Leaks/ Tracking Stakeholder Perceptions and Outcomes in the Implementation of Amendment 23

Kirk Jalbert is an Associate Professor at Department of Environment and Sustainability in the University at Buffalo. Kirk’s personal research explores public engagements with environmental science and governance that emerge from energy justice movements and how these are shaped by data mobilizations, information technologies, and grassroots scientific research efforts. His work additionally seeks to understand the social, political, and technical dynamics that make for effective academic, nonprofit, and community-based research partnerships. 

Prior to joining the University at Buffalo, Kirk was Assistant professor at Arizona State University, where he directed the Civic Science for Environmental Futures Collaborative, a space exploring participatory action research projects driven by communities working to create more equitable environment futures. Kirk also worked in the nonprofit sector, facilitating data transparency, mapping, and digital storytelling projects as Manager of Community-Based Research and Engagement for the FracTracker Alliance. In addition, he served on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Justice Advisory Board from 2016 to 2018. His recent edited volume, ExtrACTION: Impacts, Engagements and Alternative Futures, examines global opposition to resource extraction from a critical ethnographic perspective, exploring why and how resistance movements seek to change extraction policies.

Kirk received his Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his M.F.A. in Media Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Tufts, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.