Just Decabornization: Socioenvironmental Assessment as Decision Support for Just and Sustainable Infrastructure

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Location: 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Emily Grubert is a civil engineer and environmental sociologist who studies how we can make better decisions about large infrastructure systems, particularly related to justice-centering decarbonization of the US energy system. Specifically, she studies life cycle socioenvironmental impacts associated with future policy and infrastructure and how community and societal priorities can be better incorporated into multicriteria policy and project decisions. She is particularly interested in ensuring that multiple indicators of impact are considered during socioenvironmental assessment and in changing the decision making-paradigm from relying on a decision maker’s implicit value judgments to routinely explicitly assessing and incorporating diverse worldviews from affected communities and society at large. Grubert is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and, by courtesy, of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is currently serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Carbon Management at the US Department of Energy. She holds a Ph.D. in Environment and Resources from Stanford, an M.S. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and an M.A. in Energy and Earth Resources from UT Austin, and a B.S. in Mathematics and Atmosphere/Energy Engineering from Stanford.