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 May Dhillon is a PhD candidate in environmental social sciences focusing on climate change, environmental justice, and science studies. She investigates knowledge, power, participation, and decision-making in environmental conflicts, collaborations, and policies. Carla’s doctoral research uses a mixed methods social network approach to study dynamics of collaboration between Indigenous peoples and U.S. climate scientists in national scale climate change networks. She has also researched uses of citizen science to pursue environmental justice in urban Southern California, and will graduate with certificates in Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Graduate-level Teaching. As a licensed Civil Engineer, Carla has over ten years of professional experience in engineering, sustainability of the built environment, and appropriate technologies. Using engaged participation, social network analysis, and qualitative methods, she draws from sociological and political theories to study the equity implications of interactions between environmental knowledge systems, such as local, professional, activist, and Indigenous knowledges and sciences.

Select publications: 

Dhillon, C.M. (2017). Using Citizen Science in Environmental Justice: Participation and Decision-Making in a Southern California Waste Facility Siting Conflict. Local Environment.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. (2016). 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.