Anthropology Museum Archive

Applied Anthropology

Science, Technology, & Society

by Priscilla Weeks, Ph.D.,

Houston Advanced Research Center

Saturday, November 22, 2003, 7-9 pm

Dr. Weeks is an environmental anthropologist with the Houston Advanced Research Center’s Social and Policy Analysis Group. Her work as an applied anthropologist focuses on the public acceptance of scientific information, technical innovation and new regulations as they relate to environmental sustainability and its various social impacts. A secondary area of research investigates the way in which scientific information and personal ethics combine in environmental disputes. Recent work has examined issues related to natural resource management, rural development, the environmental movement, protected areas and fisheries. Weeks has worked to incorporate local knowledge into environmental management through participatory research and collaborative decision-making. She has served on two National Academy of Science Panels related to her work and has recently completed terms on the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council’s Social and Economic Panel. She holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Rice University and has conducted fieldwork in the Philippines, India, and the US.  She has been working in the area of participatory development and conservation for 15 years.