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Thomas Estabrook

Thomas Estabrook
Thomas Estabrook, Ph.D. Health & Safety Trainer, Adjunct Faculty


Worker Health and Safety Education and Policy; Social Movements; Environmental Justice; Labor and Environmentalism; Sustainable Production.

Research Interest

Worker health and safety education; environmental and occupational health policy; labor and environmentalism; environmental justice; sustainable production; political economy of development; urban and industrial development processes; globalization and its impact on environmental and worker health.

Educational Background

Ph.D., Geography, Clark University, MA, 1996

M.A.,  Geography, Arizona State University, 1982

B.S.,  Geography and Environmental Science, Pennsylvania State University, 1979


Tom Estabrook, Ph.D., has been a health and safety trainer with The New England Consortium at UMass Lowell since 1996, and an adjunct professor in Community Health and Sustainability since 2007.  He teaches the full range of health and safety courses for TNEC, as well as delivering specialized trainings in clean production and chemicals policy.  He applies popular education/worker empowerment techniques at every opportunity.  Tom regularly teaches a public health course to undergraduates at UMass Lowell.  Prior to his work with TNEC, Tom worked as a community organizer with the Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers union in Louisiana and with the Massachusetts Toxics Campaign in Boston, where he organized community groups around pollution, public health, and worker health issues.  His interest in worker health and safety was stimulated through earlier experiences as a construction laborer and machine factory production worker.  Tom serves on the governing board of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, a coalition of public health, environmental, community and labor organizations based in Boston, and on the advisory board for the Occupational Health Surveillance Program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  He is an active leader in his union, the Massachusetts Teachers Association.