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Kirk Jalbert, PhD

Kirk Jalbert, PhD

Visiting Research Professor
Center for Science, Technology and Society


  • PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Science and Technology Studies, 2015
  • MFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Media Arts, 2005
  • BS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Computer Science, 1998

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Social studies of science and technology
  • Citizen science
  • Environmental justice
  • Information transparency
  • Knowledge infrastructures
  • Energy policy


Kirk Jalbert is the Manager of Community Based Research & Engagement for the FracTracker Alliance, a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the public’s understanding of the impacts of the global oil and gas industry by collecting, interpreting and sharing information through maps, data analysis, community-based research and digital storytelling projects.

His research seeks to understand the social and political dynamics that make for effective community-based research, and how knowledge infrastructures emerging from these efforts can build long-term capacity for environmental protection groups to influence regulatory governance. This work is an extension of prior research where, for nearly five years, Jalbert investigated the rise of citizen science groups across the Northeastern United States mobilizing to assess the impacts of unconventional oil & gas extraction. His current research focuses on building new community-based research partnerships between concerned citizen, non-profit organizations and academic institutions to generate knowledge about the risks of energy extraction’s growing infrastructure, from oil and gas fields, to pipeline and crude by rail projects, to refineries and energy hubs.

Selected Publications:

  • Jalbert, Kirk, and Abby J. Kinchy. 2015. “Sense and Influence: Environmental Monitoring Tools and the Power of Citizen Science.” Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 1-19.
  • Kinchy, Abby J., Sarah Parks, and Kirk Jalbert. 2015. “Fractured Knowledge: Mapping the Gaps in Public and Private Water Monitoring Efforts in Areas Affected by Shale Gas Development.” Environment and Planning, Part C.
  • Malone, Samantha, Matthew Kelso, Ted Auch, Karen Edelstein, Kyle Ferrar, and Kirk Jalbert. 2015. “Inconsistencies with Data from Unconventional Gas and Oil Basins.” Journal of Environment Science and Health, Part A, 50:489-498.
  • Jalbert, Kirk, Abby J. Kinchy, and Simona Perry. 2014. “Civil Society Research and Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Development: Results of a Survey of Volunteer Water Monitoring Organizations.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 4(1):78-86.
  • Kinchy, Abby J., Kirk Jalbert, and Jessica Lyons. 2014. “What is Volunteer Water Monitoring Good For? Fracking and the Plural Logics of Participatory Science.” In Fields of Knowledge: Science, Politics, and Publics in the Neoliberal Age, Ed. Scott Frickel and David Hess. Political Power and Social Theory, 27:259-289.
  • Ratto, Matt, Sara Wylie, and Kirk Jalbert. 2014. “Introduction to the Special Forum on Critical Making as Research Program.” Matt Ratto, Sara Wylie, and Kirk Jalbert. The Information Society, 30(2):85-95.
  • Wylie, Sara, Kirk Jalbert, Shannon Dosemagen, and Matt Ratto. 2014. “Institutions for Civic Technoscience: How Critical Making is Transforming Environmental Research.” The Information Society, 30(2):116-126.