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Launched in 2021 and led by Allison Carruth, Blue Lab is an environmental research, storytelling and art group. Our multidisciplinary team investigates and creates original stories and creative projects about lived experiences of large-scale environmental issues—from climate change and green energy to multispecies justice and food and water futures.
In this work, we bridge the tools of art and science, research and creative practice, historical knowledge and speculative imagination. Our animating question is how different people make sense of real-time environmental change (and in some cases catastrophic loss) in relationship to intergenerational memories of and future aspirations for the places they love, value and call home. As part of the lab's ongoing Climate Stories Incubator (CSI), we are currently working on projects centered in California, New Jersey, the mid-Atlantic coastline, British Columbia, the Philippines, the Puna region of Latin America and Paiute and Shoshone lands in northern Nevada.
Our core members have expertise in a wide range of fields, including American studies, anthropology, environmental arts, environmental humanities, geoscience, hydrology, Latin American history, multispecies justice, poetry and poetics, photography and theater. We partner with artists, editors, producers, journalists and filmmakers as well as community groups, media outlets and environmental organizations.
The lab currently receives support from the Princeton University programs and centers listed below and from the American Council of Learned Societies. To learn more about how to support our work, please contact the lab director and principal investigator, Allison Carruth.