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Sociology Toxic Expertise: Environmental Justice & the Global Petrochemical Industry

Explore the Project

This ERC funded, 5 year research project offers the first systematic sociological analysis of the global petrochemical industry in relation to corporate social responsibility and environmental justice.

Examining different claims about the health impacts of toxic pollution, this is a highly topical, interdisciplinary project.

You can view a 3 minute animated video explaining our project here.

Annual Workshop

(In)visibility and Pollution: Making Sense of Toxic Hazards and Environmental Justice.

In 2018 our workshop will be held during May at the University of Warwick. We are currently selecting abstracts after a fantastic response so thank you to all who have submitted. We are aiming to be in touch by mid-March. We appreciate your patience.

Toxic News E-Magazine

Our latest issue (February 2018) focuses on the experience of toxic exposure in Greater China. Paul Jobin, Hsin-hsing Chen, and Yi-ping Lin bring us a detailed report on a recent verdict on a toxic-tort class action in Taiwan. Rowan Alcock, argues that a new ‘down to the countryside movement’ might help reduce China’s over-reliance on chemical fertilizer, which obviously has adverse environmental impact. Finally, Fangfang Li explores the social and cultural meanings of air pollution and calls for a social and humanitarian response.

Credit: Louis Vest, Flickr - Industrial Landscape in Houston, Texas

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