The Environmental Justice Knowledge Factory

The Environmental Justice Knowledge Factory (The Factory) is the activist scholar arm of The Cooperative New School. As activist scholars we strive to bridge the gap between higher education and public service by employing our academic frameworks and toolkits to enact social change through conducting on the ground research at the community level and with community members. We believe that everyone has knowledge to contribute to the larger discussion of environmental justice. We are both experts and novices, teachers and students, and community members and global citizens who have a stake in creating a more just society.


The Factory focuses on producing whitepapers, plans, surveys, and other research intensive projects for community organizations, non-profits, law offices, and municipal governments. These contract research projects culminate into deliverables in the form of documents and/or reports that are intended for use in creating positive outcomes for vulnerable communities and neighborhoods under the tenets of environmental justice.


  • Research Approaches
  • Archival Research
  • Content Analysis
  • Ethnography/Interviews/Surveys
  • Participatory Action Research (PAR)
  • Organic inquiry
  • Deconstruction of Policies and Plans


  • Whitepapers
  • Plans
  • Reports
  • Community Presentations
  • Cultural Narratives
  • Cooperative Economic Analyses