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Research interests

Abby M Onencan's core areas of interest and expertise are 'forever chemicals,'  environmental harm, state-corporate crime, systems engineering and environmental governance. Her research focuses on industrial environmental harms, specifically those resulting from the production and use of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These synthetic chemical substances have been widely used throughout society, and are easily transported in the environment, polluting soil, water and air. They resist degradation, resulting in unprecedented persistence into the environment and in any living species. In 2009 the Stockholm Convention listed them as persistent organic pollutants. The research project combines green-critical criminological, environmental philosophical and public health approaches to examine the historical and contemporary drivers and dynamics of the industrial environmental harms related to these synthetic chemical substances. As a member of the multidisciplinary research team of Erasmus Initiative on Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity, she seeks to find innovative solutions to environmental degradation by PFAS, where companies, governments, and communities can jointly improve existing governance frameworks for more inclusive prosperity.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Systems Engineering, Delft University of Technology

1 Apr 201426 Jun 2019

Award Date: 26 Jun 2019

Master, MSc, Education for Sustainability, London South Bank University

1 Sept 20071 Apr 2010

Award Date: 26 Apr 2010

Master, MA in Governance and Development, University of Antwerp

1 Oct 200231 Oct 2003

Award Date: 31 Oct 2003

Bachelor, Bachelor of Laws, LL. B, Moi University

1 Sept 199531 Dec 1999

Award Date: 31 Dec 1999


  • K Law (General)
  • Environmental Law
  • Criminology
  • HB Economic Theory
  • Law and Economy
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • Historical Analysis of environmental crimes
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Systems engineering


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