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About Dustin Mulvaney

My current research brings together the tools of life cycle analysis with multi-sited ethnography of global commodity chains to understand the intersection of innovation and environmental justice in the clean tech space. New financial and performance metrics are being deployed to assess the implications of emerging renewable energy technologies. This research unpacks and contextualizes those metrics in the context of their social and environmental dimensions. My overall work focuses on the social and environmental dimensions of energy and food systems. Before my appointment in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley, I received my Ph.D. at UC Santa Cruz in the Department of Environmental Studies. My areas of specialization include political ecology, science & technology studies,and life cycle analysis. I am a member of the American Association of Geographers, the Society for the Social Studies of Science, and the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. I also participate in a group of academics known as alternative agrifood researchers without borders. Before graduate school I worked for a bioremediation startup as a project engineer on MTBE spills, and before that I was a chemical process engineer for a Fortune 500 chemical manufacturer.

Positions

2015 - Present Associate Professor, San Jose State University Environmental Studies
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2011 - 2015 Assistant Professor, San Jose State University Environmental Studies
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Curriculum Vitae



Grants

2017 Environmental & Economic Benefits of Small Electric Vehicles with Focus on Electric Motorcycles
Mineta Transportation Institute
$11,115
2017 Summer Salary Award
College of Social Sciences
$5,000
2016 Travel Grant
College of Social Sciences
$1,000
2015 Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Grant
Center for Faculty Development, SJSU
$9,700
2014 Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Grant
Center for Faculty Development, SJSU
$9,700
2013 Dean's Travel Grant
College of Social Sciences
$1,500
2013 Foundation Research Grant
College of Social Sciences
$2,000
2013 Water Resources and Policy Initiatives Faculty Research Incentives Award
Office of the Chancellor, California State University
Water Resource Vulnerability and the Environmental Justice Dimensions of Developing the Monterey Shale
$5,067
2012 College of Social Sciences Research Grant
College of Social Sciences
$1,500
2012 Environmental Innovation Grant with Earthworks to look at water footprint, land use change, and regulatory policies related to extracting fossil fuels from the Marcellus and Monterey Shale
Switzer Foundation
Role: Co-PI
$40,000
2012 Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Grant, Academic Affairs
San Jose State University
$9,700
2012 Travel Grant
College of Social Sciences
$750
2010 Switzer Foundation Environmental Leadership Grant
Switzer Foundation
Justice and Sustainability in the Solar Industry
$20,000
2009 National Science Foundation, Science, Technology, and Society Postdoctoral Fellowship
National Science Foundation - SES-0924991
Innovation and Environmental Justice in the Clean Tech Space: Measuring Performance and Anticipating Risks of Renewable Energy Technologies
$119,996
2009 Switzer Foundation Environmental Leadership Grant
Switzer Foundation
Justice and Sustainability in the Solar Industry
$20,000
2008 Switzer Foundation Environmental Leadership Grant
Switzer Foundation
Justice and Sustainability in the Solar Industry
$25,000
2006 Switzer Foundation Professional Development Grant
Switzer Foundation
$600
2006 University of California, President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship
University of California
$21,000
2004 Switzer Foundation Environmental Leadership Fellowship
Switzer Foundation
$13,000
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 Peer Reviewer, Climate and Development
2017 Peer Reviewer, Energy Research and Social Science
2017 External Evaluator, NASA, Center for Applied Atmospheric Research and Education
2017 Reviewer, North Carolina State Clean Energy Technology Center
2017 Peer Reviewer, Sustainability Science
2016 - 2017 Board of Advisors, Basin and Range Watch
2015 - 2017 Board of Directors, Sustainable Systems Research Foundation
2014 - 2017 Reviewer, Society and Natural Resources
2014 - 2017 Reviewer, University of California Press
2013 - 2017 Technical Advisory Committee, Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County
2016 Reviewer, Czech National Science Foundation
2016 Reviewer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
2016 Reviewer, Science, Technology and Human Values
2016 Reviewer, Swiss National Science Foundation
2014 - 2016 Reviewer, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
2010 - 2016 Reviewer, U.S. National Science Foundation
2013 - 2015 Treasurer/Secretary, Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers
2012 - 2014 Council member, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers
2012 - 2014 Interviewer, Switzer Foundation Environmental Leadership Grant Program
2013 Judge, Daniel B. Luten Award, American Association of Geographers
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Honors and Awards

  • 2012, Daniel B. Luten Award for best paper on Energy and the Environment by a professional geographer from the American Association of Geographers Energy specialty group
  • 2012, San Jose State University, College of Social Sciences, Author Award
  • 1999–2001, Graduate Student Honor Society, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • 1997, New Jersey’s Top Young Chemist, NJ American Institute of Chemists
  • 1996, Otto York Award, NJ American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Courses

  • Master’s Thesis Research Design and Methods
  • Advanced Topics in Environmental Studies
  • Senior Research Seminar
  • Solar Energy Analysis
  • Master’s Thesis Research Proposals
  • Sustainable Energy Strategies
  • Energy & the Environment

Education

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2007 Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz ‐ Environmental Studies
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2002 M.S., New Jersey Institute of Technology ‐ Environmental Policy Studies
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1999 B.S., New Jersey Institute of Technology ‐ Chemical Engineering
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Contact Information

Dustin Mulvaney, PhD
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Department
San José State University
408-924-5439



Books (1)

Reference Volumes (Editor) (5)

Book Chapters (5)

Articles (14)