Carla May Dhillon

Doctoral Track: 
Resource Policy and Behavior (RPB)
Entering year: 
2013
Education: 

MS, California State Polytechnic University, Ponoma (regenerative studies) 

BS, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (civil engineering)

Carla Dhillon’s broad areas of interest include climate change and society, environmental justice, Indigenous studies, and social studies of science and technology. She investigates the reproduction of social inequalities, and opportunities for change, when diverse environmental knowledge-practice systems interact, such as local, professional, activist, and Indigenous knowledges. A current project employs a mixed methods social network approach to study collaborations between Indigenous peoples and climate scientists in national scale climate change organizations. This work broadens conceptions of how to bring together climate science, climate justice, and adaptation to environmental change. Other research has addressed uses of citizen science to pursue environmental justice in urban Southern California. Also a licensed civil engineer, Carla has over ten years’ professional experience in engineering and sustainable built environments. She recently published in the edited volume, Responses to Disasters and Climate Change (CRC Press), and on citizen science and environmental justice in the journal, Local Environment.

Select publications: 

Dhillon, C.M. (2017). Using Citizen Science in Environmental Justice: Participation and Decision-Making in an Urban Southern California Waste Facility Siting Conflict. Local Environment 22(12), 1479-1496,  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2017.1360263
 
Maldonado, J.K., H. Lazrus, S.K. Bennett, K. Chief, C. M. Dhillon, B. Gough, L. Kruger, J. Morisette, S. Petrovic & K.P. Whyte. (2017). The Story of Rising Voices: Facilitating Collaboration between Indigenous and Western Ways of Knowing. In M. Companion and M. Chaiken (Eds.) Responses to Disasters and Climate Change: Understanding Vulnerability and Fostering Resilience (pp. 15-25). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
 
Dhillon, C. M. (2010). Metrics: Quantifying Green. In D. Kestner, J. Goupil and E. Lorenz (Eds.) Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer (pp. 17-28). Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers.
 
Dhillon, C. M. (2010). Local Sourcing and Local Manufacturing. In D. Kestner, J. Goupil and E. Lorenz (Eds.) Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer (pp. 77-79). Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers.
 
Dhillon, C. M. & Aschheim, M. (2010). Natural Building Materials and Methods. In D. Kestner, J. Goupil and E. Lorenz (Eds.) Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer (pp. 225-242). Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers.