Late Industrial Ecologies and Environmental Justice

My current book manuscript examines the political ecologies of urban redevelopment in the southeast San Francisco neighborhood of Bayview-Hunters Point, focusing on the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. The book traces the toxic entanglement of race and toxic waste, as well as the ways local residents have organized to protest environmental health injustices.

Buildings San Francisco’s Pier 70.

Selected writing:

Dillon, Lindsey. “The Breathers of Bayview Hill: Redevelopment and Environmental Justice in Southeast San Francisco.” 24 Hastings Environmental L. J. 227 (227). Link to article

Dillon, Lindsey. “Race, waste, and space: Brownfield redevelopment and environmental justice at the Hunters Point Shipyard.” Antipode: A Radical Geography Journal 46, no. 5 (2014): 1205-1221.  Link to article

Dillon, Lindsey and Julie Sze. 2016. “Police Power and Particulate Matters: Environmental Justice and the Spatialities of In/Securities in US Cities,” English Language Notes 54(2): 13-22. Link to article

Dillon, Lindsey and Julie Sze. 2018. “Equality in the Air We Breathe: Police Violence, Pollution, and the Politics of Sustainability,” with Julie Sze, for Sustainability: Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power. Julie Sze (ed), NYU Press. Link to chapter

Dillon, Lindsey. 2018. “Crossroads in San Francisco: The Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory and its Afterlives,” in Inevitably Toxic? Historical Perspectives on Contamination, Exposure, and Expertise, by Brinda Sarathy, Vivien Hamilton, and Janet Farrell Brodie (eds), University of Pittsburgh Press. Link to chapter

Dillon, Lindsey. 2017. “Pandemonium on the Bay: Naval Station Treasure Island and the Toxic Legacies of Atomic Defense.” In Urban Reinventions: San Francisco’s Treasure Island, Lynne Horiuchi and Tanu Sankalia (eds), Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. Link to chapter

Dillon, Lindsey. “War’s Remains: Slow Violence and the Urbanization of Military Bases in California.” Environmental Justice 8, no. 1 (2015): 1-5.


Interview in Bay Nature, “Do Parks Push People Out?” (September 21, 2018) Link to article

Panel Discussion on KALW City Visions, “Will the Hunters Point Shipyard Ever Be Habitable?” Link to podcast

Report on reseach, CityLab, “How Environmental Justice Connects to Police Violence,” Link to article

Report on research, SF Examiner, “Police, Pollution Choking Lives in the Bayview” Link to article

Environmental Data Justice

I co-founded the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) and serve on its steering committee. EDGI is a network of academics and professionals which formed after the elections of November 2016 to respond to the Trump administration’s challenges to environmental science and policy. You can read EDGI’s first annual report.

Selected writing:

Dillon, Lindsey, Rebecca Lave, Becky Mansfield, Sara Wylie, Nicolas Shapiro, Anita Chan, and Michelle Murphy. “Situating Data in a Trumpian Era: The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers. (online early view) Dillon et al Annals

Vera, Lourdes A., Lindsey Dillon, Sara Wylie, Jennifer Liss Ohayon, Aaron Lemelin, Phil Brown, Christopher Sellers, Dawn Walker, and Environmental Data and Governance Initiative. “Data Resistance: A Social Movement Organizational Autoethnography of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly 23, no. 4 (2018): 511-529. Link to article

Walker, Dawn, Eric Nost, Aaron Lemlin, Rebecca Lave, and Lindsey Dillon. “Practicing environmental data justice: From DataRescue to Data Together.” Geo: Geography and Environment (Online, early view). Link to article

Dillon, Lindsey, Christopher Sellers, Vivian Underhill, Nicholas Shapiro, Jennifer Liss Ohayon, Marianne Sullivan, Phil Brown, Jill Harrison, Sara, Wylie, the “EPA Under Siege” Writing Group. “The Environmental Protection Agency in the Early Trump Administration: Prelude to Regulatory Capture.” American Journal of Public Health 108, no. S2 (April 1, 2018): pp. S89-S94. Link to article

Dillon, Lindsey, Christopher Sellers, and EDGI. Environmental Data and Governance in the Trump Era, Social Science Research Council, Just Environments series, published December 5, 2017. Link to article

“Pursuing a Toxic Agenda: Environmental Injustice in the Early Trump Administration,” September 2017, Environmental Data and Governance Initiative. Link to report


Profile in Inquiry@ UC Santa Cruz Research MagazineLink to article

Interview in Outside Magazine online, “Déjà Vu at Interior and the EPA” Link to article

Profile in Santa Cruz Sentinel on environmental activism in the Trump era, Link to article

Interview in Salon, “Trump’s EPA: Who Cares About Environmental Racism?” Link to article

Interview with Ars Technica Live about the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, at Eli’s Mile High Club, Oakland, CA, Link to video

View of Huntersview housing, from Heron’s Head Park.