Lived Experience and Community Narrative as Evidence of Impact

  • 04 Oct 2023
  • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
  • Virtual

In this webinar, we will discuss ways of defining, collecting, and acting upon qualitative data about health impacts, as conveyed in personal and community narratives. We will consider the kinds of engagement structures that make communities feel heard and empowered in an impact assessment process, as well as the pitfalls that practitioners should avoid that alienate community members.

Ben Pauli is Associate Professor of Social Science at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. He is the author of Flint Fights Back: Environmental Justice and Democracy in the Flint Water Crisis (MIT Press 2019), acting chair of the Flint Water System Advisory Council, president of the board of the Environmental Transformation Movement of Flint (, and a member of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council to the US Environmental Protection Agency.

SOPHIA is an international association of individuals and organizations that provides leadership and promotes excellence in the field of HIA and HiAP. Learn more about SOPHIA here.

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