Stephanie Sodero Email: stephanie.sodero@ubc.ca
Website: stephaniesodero.weebly.com

 

About

A Killam Postdoctoral Fellow, I research crisis mobilities at the University of British Columbia’s Liu Institute for Global Issues and Lancaster University’s Centre for Mobilities Research. I have more than ten years of applied and academic experience in the field of transport, focusing on disaster resilience, carbon pricing and demand management. For my doctorate, Navigating Disruption: Mobile Society and Hurricanes Juan and Igor, I researched the impact of two record-breaking hurricanes on Atlantic Canada, developing an ecopolitics of mobility.

 

Research

In my postdoctoral research, I trace the mobilities of vital materials – blood and water – required during humanitarian crises. How do we, and how can we in future, get blood and water to people in need? In collaboration with organizations working in the field, I examine how vital mobilities are achieved in the context of increased atmospheric and logistical turbulence that define the Anthropocene. Through case studies that ‘follow the material,’ I explore how society can learn to live with, and possibly thrive in the face of, increased severe weather events. Further, by juxtaposing diverse and far-reaching cases – transporting blood by drone in Rwanda and repairing war torn water infrastructure in Syria – I forward metaphors of fluidity and friction apt for the study of mobile society in a post-normal climate.

 

Supervisors

Philippe Le Billon / University of British Columbia

Monika Buscher / Lancaster University

Jen Southern / Lancaster University

 

Publications

Sodero, S. and N. Scott. 2016. Canadian mobilities/ Contentious mobilities. Editorial. Canadian Journal of Sociology. 41(3):257-76.

Sodero, S. 2015. Greenhouse gases, pine beetles, and humans: The ecologically- mediated development of British Columbia’s carbon tax. Canadian Journal of Sociology. Special Issue on Mediated Environments. 40(3): 309-330.

Sodero, S. and Stoddart, M. 2015.  A typology of diversion: Legitimating discourses of oil extraction, tourism attraction and climate action. Environmental Sociology 1(1): 59-68.

Stoddart, M. and Sodero, S. 2015. From fisheries decline to tourism destination: Mass media, tourism mobility, and the Newfoundland coastal environment. Mobilities. 10(1): 445-465

Sodero, S. 2011. Policy in motion: Reassembling carbon pricing policy development in the personal transport sector in British Columbia. Journal of Transport Geography 19: 1474-1481.

 

Editor

Sodero, S. and Scott, N. 2016. Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Sociology on Contentious Mobilities. 41(3).