Abigail Martin

Ph.D. Candidate
B.A.  Sociology, Environmental Science,  Barnard College, Columbia University, 2003

University of California, Berkeley, 343 Giannini Hall #3114
Berkeley, California, United States 94720
  Abigail Martin - portrait
At the broadest level, I am interested in how state-society relations influence the development of more “sustainable” industries. I examine the overlapping efforts of public institutions, the private sector and civil society to shape new technologies and markets that address national priorities for economic growth alongside demands for more ethical production and consumption. Drawing on literature in political science, economic sociology, and science and technology studies (STS), my dissertation investigates the biofuel industries in Brazil and the U.S. Using the comparative case method, I examine how the biofuel sectors in these countries have evolved over time up to the present day. I then seek to understand these particular sectoral trajectories in relation to a number of institutional systems for economic development, science and technology, environmental protection and international trade.

Since coming to Berkeley, I have also researched and written about “green” chemistry policy frameworks, new product development in the petrochemical industry (i.e. biomass chemicals), the design and use of sustainability standards/metrics for biofuel production, the role of environmental NGOs in U.S. energy policy, and environmental justice in global commodity chains. Prior to graduate school I held research and consulting positions in organizations working on international cultural heritage protection, environmental justice and urban air quality, and corporate sustainability programs.

Advisor: David Winickoff


Recent Teaching

60 - Environmental Policy, Administration, and Law

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