Marylhurst University

Skip to content »

Sean Gillon Publishes on the Science & Politics of Biofuels

Dr. Sean Gillon, food systems & society faculty, published an article on carbon economies in a special issue of Environment & Planning A, focused on the emerging biofuel economy, in February 2014.

Dr. Gillon's paper analyzes the scientific practices that constitute carbon economies by rendering carbon countable, fungible and governable. His research illustrates the complex and contradictory roles of nature's quantification and state-supported science in carbon economies and systems of agricultural production. Although nature's quantification as carbon was initially used as a technology of opposition and accountability to limit vested interest power and maintain biofuels' greenhouse gas reduction capacity, it ultimately served industry interests by focusing policy deliberation on technical issues industry deftly navigated and away from policy rationale, value conflict and biofuels' broader social–ecological consequences, such as food security.

Gillon argues that, rather than focusing on mitigating climate change through universal, carbon-focused science alone, future science–society configurations should include efforts to build institutional capacity for transformation and adaptation to confront uneven and changing social–ecological circumstances using site-specific scientific knowledge.

Environment and Planning A is an interdisciplinary journal of urban and regional research. It is the only journal in the field which, because of its size and frequency, can provide the breadth of coverage which allows it to maintain its core interests while simultaneously developing new fields of research as they emerge.

» Access the full article on EnvPlan.com(requires subscription)

Sean Gillon is a faculty member in the Department of Food Systems & Society. He has conducted interdisciplinary research on a wide range of food systems topics, managed small farming operations, engaged community food groups working toward social justice, founded and served as director for nonprofit organizations, and worked as a produce buyer.

Related News

See All News

Laura Beer Receives WRAMTA Award

Dr. Laura Beer was recognized by her peers with the 2015 Professional Practice Award from the Western Region American Association of Music Therapy.

Ger Killeen Featured in The Oregonian

Ger Killeen, culture & media faculty, was interviewed by The Oregonian in February 2015 talking about his passions: poetry, Ireland and the natural world.

Calendar

See All Events

March 27, 2015 – March 29, 2015

Pacific Northwest Region AARSBL Conference

Annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Region of the Academy of American Religion, Society of Biblical Literature and the American Schools of Orie...

READ MORE

March 29, 2015

Music in the Woods: Portland Opera Studio Artists

Portland Opera studio artists will share their impressive vocal talents. Features Soprano Katrina Galka, Tenor Ian Jose Ramirez and Baritone Alexan...

READ MORE

April 10, 2015

Christina Rusnak, composer

Composer Christina Rusnak will present her work, in a 90-minute program. At 3:30, Christina will talk with music students from Marylhurst Universi...

READ MORE

GIVE

Support Marylhurst University. Gifts of all sizes make a difference!

DONATE NOW

©2013 Marylhurst University