Nicole Labruto is interested in the livelihoods of technologies intended to promote environmental and social sustainability in Brazil. Specifically, she seeks to understand connections between the development-based projects of waste management, energy production, and economic viability on small scales in off-the-grid communities. She aims to trace reconfigurations of socio-technical landscapes through the delivery of multiple forms of power and sanitation by scientists, development organizations, communities, and other technological devices.
Nicole received her M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research and her B.A. in Anthropology and Philosophy from Mount Holyoke College.
anthropology of sustainability; green capitalism; energy; waste; contemporary alchemy; engineering; development; Brazil