Food, Water, and Energy Governance
Food, water, and energy are closely linked. The production of biofuels, for example, has implications for both agriculture and drinking water. My research addresses questions about the governance of these interlocking systems, using qualitative case studies of key controversies and political conflicts. There are three major themes of my work in this area: social movements, scientific authority, and ignorance (scientific unknowns). My work considers how activists negotiate multiple scales of governance (local, national, international) when confronting food, water, and energy challenges. I also study what some social scientists call the "scientization" of politics, examining how scientific experts maintain their authoritative positions in regulatory processes. Finally, some of my research addresses how regulatory systems fail to provide the knowledge that people need in order to fully participate in decisions about food, water, and energy. For example, my research in the Watershed Knowledge Mapping Project identified gaps in government water monitoring that hinder understanding of the impacts of new natural gas drilling activities in rural areas.
Trade in Transgenic Crops
Kinchy, Abby J. (2010) “Epistemic Boomerang: Expert Policy Advice as Leverage in the Campaign against Transgenic Maize in Mexico,” Mobilization 15(2): 179-198.
Kinchy, Abby J. and Daniel Lee Kleinman (2008) “Against Free Markets, Against Science? Regulating the Socio-economic Effects of Biotechnology,” Rural Sociology 73(2): 147-179.
Clean Water Protection
Kinchy, Abby, 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 C.
Kinchy, Abby J. and Simona L. Perry (2012). Can Volunteers Pick up the Slack? Efforts to Fill Knowledge Gaps about the Watershed Effects of Marcellus Shale Gas Development, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum 22(2): 303-340.
Governing Shale Development
Kinchy, Abby (2014) “Political Scale and Conflicts over Knowledge Production: The Case of Unconventional Natural Gas Development,” Routledge Handbook of Science, Technology, and Society, edited by Daniel L. Kleinman and Kelly Moore. New York: Routledge.
Kinchy, Abby J., Simona Perry, Danielle Reinhardt, Kathryn Brasier, Richard Stedman, and Jeffrey Jacquet (2014) “The Impact of New Natural Gas Development on Rural Communities in North America,” Rural America in a Globalizing World: Problems and Prospects for the 2010s. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press.