Doctoral Dissertation Research: Forest engineers, bureaucrats, and the constitution of information


Elizabeth Povinelli
Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology
Eduardo Romero Dianderas
PhD Student


The production of accurate and reliable information about rainforests and other difficult-to-survey environments constitutes an enduring challenge for state bureaucrats, scientists, and engineers. Yet the grounded processes through which key environmental information is produced have received little study. The research supported by this award takes up this problem through an anthropological investigation of the technical and bureaucratic practices through which state environmental information is created, transmitted, and applied.