The PFAS Project Lab

Studying Social, Scientific, and Political Factors of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

Our Work

Photo: Members of the PFAS Project Team at the 2022 Third National PFAS Conference

PFAS Project Lab 

Since the summer of 2015, a group of faculty, post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates affiliated with the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern have worked with co-directors Dr. Phil Brown and Dr. Alissa Cordner. Our PFAS Project Lab is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and also receives support from Whitman College. View the current research team here.

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Mission Statement 

The PFAS Project Lab studies social, scientific, and political factors related to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). We produce rigorous, accessible research about the PFAS contamination crisis through collaborations with impacted communities, leading interdisciplinary researchers, and nonprofits. We share this PFAS research with impacted communities and a broad range of other stakeholders.

Current Projects 

  • PFAS-REACH with Silent Spring, Testing for Pease, Mass. Breast Cancer Coalition, Community Action Works – study PFAS effects on children’s immune response  
  • PFAS Exchange website and Connecting Communities map with Silent Spring Institute 
  • Health professionals information resource documents and paper 
  • Analysis of how state websites present PFAS information
  • Unequal exposure to PFAS along race and class lines
  • PFAS Advertising and a focus on DuPont’s history 
  • Social costs of PFAS contamination
  • PFAS on Indigenous Lands 
  • COVID-19 and eco-pandemic injustice
  • Studying PFAS advocacy and activism 
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