Department of Human-Centered Design & Engineering
Shana Hirsch's research interests are located at intersection of science and technology studies (STS) and environmental management. As a transdisciplinary scholar, she works to bring theoretical tools from STS into conversation with environmental social sciences and the natural resource managers and policymakers that grapple with these issues “on the ground.” She is particularly interested in questions about adaptation in scientific practice and knowledge infrastructures and seeks to understand how they change to meet emerging sociotechnical, national, and environmental imaginaries, as well as the shifting baselines that climate change introduces. She is currently the Co-PI on an NSF-funded Postdoc entitled, "Knowledge Infrastructures for Sustainable Transitions" that examines these dynamics through a case study of renewable energy transitions in Scotland. Her background includes a PhD in Water Resources--Law, Policy, & Management from the University of Idaho and she holds an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington and an MSc in Global Environment, Politics, & Society from the University of Edinburgh.