Research Partners

Bouve College of Health Sciences

Brown University Superfund Research Project

Children Environmental Health Center

Contested Illness Research Group
  • The Contested Illnesses Research Group (CIRG) was established in 1999, based on grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Science Foundation. This multidisciplinary project began initially to study disputes over environmental causes of asthma, breast cancer, and Gulf War Illnesses. Over time, the scope of CIRG’s inquiry has expanded to examine the formation and impact of health social movements more generally.
  • At present, CIRG has funded projects through the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Their interdisciplinary research team integrates the perspectives of medical and environmental sociologists as well as scholars from environmental public health and science studies.
  • Through their partnership with Silent Spring Institute, CIRH has also expanded its’ work to include biomonitoring and household exposure studies, especially of endocrine disrupters. Their collaboration has pioneered democratic and informative approaches to reporting health data to participants, and in teaching other researchers how to do this.
  • CIRG’s work directing the Community Engagement Core of Brown University’s Superfund Research Program, and is involved in a variety of community-based participatory research and community-engaged service and advocacy with numerous environmental health and justice groups. CIRG is formal partnered with the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, the Environmental Neighborhood Awareness Committee of Tiverton, and the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, and will work with additional groups as well. They also partner with Rhode Island’s Department of Health and Department of Environmental Management.
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Environmental Justice Research Collaborative

Ethics Institute

Public Lab: The Public Laboratory for Technology and Science

Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT) – Superfund Research Program

Silent Spring Institute