Dr. Max Liboiron (Michif-settler, they/them) is an Associate Professor in Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where they direct the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR). CLEAR develops feminist and anti-colonial methodologies in the natural sciences that foreground land relations to study plastic pollution. Dr. Liboiron has played leading roles in the establishment of the field of Discard Studies (the social study of waste and wasting), the Global Open Science Hardware Movement (GOSH), and is a figure in feminist science studies, Indigenous science and technology studies, and justice-oriented science methods.
As a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists and critically acclaimed author who has received several awards and honours, Dr. Liboiron is well-known within the Memorial and wider community for being at the forefront of plastic pollution research. A Métis/Michif scholar and leading figure in feminist science studies, Indigenous science and technology, and discard studies, Dr. Liboiron’s work directly influences national policy for plastic pollution.
Active Research Interests:
marine plastic pollution monitoring.
citizen science and community science.
ethics of research with communities.