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Kirk Jalbert

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Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603

Kirk Jalbert is an assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society with a joint appointment in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at ASU. He is also a JPB Environmental Health Fellow with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He directs the Civic Science for Environmental Futures Collaborative, a research space exploring participatory action research projects driven by communities working to create more equitable environment futures. His research addresses how public engagements with environmental science and governance are shaped by the use of information technologies in energy justice movements. He focuses on understanding the unique informatics practices and knowledge infrastructures that emerge in these spaces. Prior to joining ASU, Jalbert worked in the nonprofit sector, facilitating data gathering and transparency projects in partnership with concerned citizen groups making sense of their relationships with the energy industry, particularly in the context of debates about the impacts of shale gas extraction and proposed pipeline projects.

  • Ph.D. Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • M.F.A. School of the Museum of Fine Arts Tufts
  • B.S. Computer Science, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Jalbert, Kirk, Anna Willow, David Casagrande, and Stephanie Paladino, eds. (2017). ExtrACTION: Impacts, Engagements, and Alternative Futures. London/New York: Routledge.


Jalbert, Kirk, Douglas Shields, Matthew Kelso, and Samantha Rubright (2019). The Power to Plan: Mineral Rights Leasing, Data Justice, and Proactive Zoning in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Environmental Sociology, 5(2): 164-176.

Jacquet, Jeffrey, Anne Junod, Brian Rahm, David Kay, Dylan Bugden, Grace Wildermuth, James Ladlee, Joshua Fershee, Joshua Fergen, Kai Schafft, Kathryn Brasier, Kirk Jalbert, Leland L. Glenna, Paige Hagley, Richard Stedman, and Timothy W. Kelsey. (2018). "A decade of Marcellus Shale: impacts to people, policy, and culture from 2008 to 2018 in the Greater Mid-Atlantic region of the United States,” The Extractive Industries and Society.

Jalbert, Kirk, Samantha Malone Rubright, and Karen Edelstein. (2017). "The Civic Informatics of FracTracker Alliance: Working with Communities to Understand the Unconventional Oil and Gas Industry,” Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, volume 3: 528-559.

Brasier, Kathy, Kirk Jalbert, Abby J. Kinchy, Colleen Unroe, and Susan Brantley. (2017). “Sharing Water Quality Data among Public Agencies, Citizen Scientists, Researchers, and Private Industry: Experiences from the Shale Network,” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 60(12).

Jalbert, Kirk. (2016). “Mobilizing Research for Action: Social Responsibility Meets Industrial-Scale Extraction,” Practicing Anthropology, 38(3): 65–67.

Jalbert, Kirk. (2016). “Grassroots Infrastructures for Civil Society Science: A Case Study of the Marcellus Shale Water Monitoring Community,” Science & Technology Studies, 29(2).

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 C: Government and Policy.

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.

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(5):489-498.

Kinchy, Abby J., Kirk Jalbert, and Jessica Lyons. (2014). “What is Volunteer Water Monitoring Good For? Fracking and the Plural Logics of Participatory Science,” Political Power and Social Theory, 27: 259-289.

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.

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.

Ratto, Matt, Sara Wylie, and Kirk Jalbert. (2014). “Introduction to the Special Forum on Critical Making as Research Program,” The Information Society, 30:2.

Jalbert, Kirk. (2011). “Culturally Situated Sensing: Peer Innovation and Citizen Sensing in Native American Communities,” Commissioned paper on Technology and Social Participation. Intel Corporation, Experience Insight Lab.

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HSD 601HSD I:Human Dimension Sci Tech
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CPI 499Individualized Instruction
HSD 602HSD II:Science Power&Politics
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HSD 601HSD I:Human Dimension Sci Tech
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CPI 499Individualized Instruction
IGD 603Methods-Research Global Devel
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 335Designing Knowledge