Mulvaney, Dustin

Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies




  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Cal-Santa Cruz, 2007
  • Master of Science, Environmental Policy Studies, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey, United States, 2001
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey, United States, 1998


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.