Associate Director, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley
CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies
Christine Rosen's interests include both historical perspectives on the problem of industrial pollution and contemporary strategies for reducing business's environmental impacts. She is investigating the history of the American cultural responses to industrial pollution, the development of technologies and public policies for abating industrial pollution, the role of the courts in mediating society's response to industrial pollution, and the evolution of knowledge (both medical and popular) about the hazardous impacts of industrial pollution since the 1840s. She also does research and teaches about the shifts taking place today in how our businesses and society as a whole deal with the mounting environmental problems associated with industrial activity as a result of changes in the European regulatory environment, the implementation of the Kyoto treaty and similar market based strategies for incenting firms to reduce their environmental impacts, the development of various certification and eco-label systems for communicating information about the environmental characteristics of products to consumers, and efforts by NGOs to apply creative market based pressures on firms to improve their environmental performance. Professor Rosen's particular research interest is in how firms in the computer industry are organizing themselves and their supply chains to engage in design for environment, product take back, and other activities to reduce their environmental impacts.
last updated: October 30th, 2012