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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.

Key Concepts

Toxic Expertise, Environmental Justice, Petrochemicals.

The Global Level

Mapping the global petrochemical industry and the environmental justice movement.

National, Regional and Local Levels

Case studies in US and China.

The Collaborative, Participatory Level

Developing a scaled-up international public 'resource' of toxic expertise.

Toxic Expertise - explainer video

For a three minute, accessible, animated introduction to the Toxic Expertise research project please see our video:

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Toxic Expertise Video Clip

Toxic News E-Magazine

Our latest and 14th edition (February 19) "Environmental justice and the embodied, lived experiences of toxic pollution", edited by Toxic Expertise Research Assistant Dr David Brown, is now available. Diane Sicotte writes on the toxic relationship between fracking and plastics; Troy D Abel, Jonah White and Stacy Clauson examine environmental injustice in South Seattle; Sarah Marie Wiebe, Jen Bagelman and Laurence Butet-Roch explore the experience of indigenous peoples at the Aamjiwnaang First Nation reserve in Canada's 'Chemical Valley'; Sophia Jaworski suggests we move beyond environmental injustices associated with proximity of industry towards interrogating the toxicity of everyday landscapes. Finally Angelo Raffaele Ippolito explores the moral struggles of a community in Taranto, Southern Italy, faced with industrial pollution from the largest steel mill in Europe.

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

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