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.
One of the key outputs of the Toxic Expertise project, an interactive map of the petrochemical industry is now live. This pilot version of the map has 75 case studies of petrochemical sites, written by members of the Toxic Expertise research team. We are now seeking contributions and feedback on the map. Most importantly, we are inviting the collaboration of community and environmental groups, and the communities they represent, to add their comments, stories and experiences to the map.
Peyman Jafari discusses the large-scale development of the petrochemical industry in Asaluyeh; María Giovis explains how she came to produce a documentary on the negative impacts of the Bahía Blanca petrochemical industry; Elisa Privitera writes about the Sicilian petrochemical complex of Gela; Peter Phillimore reflects on the comparative research on industry-community relations he and his team carried out in Grangemouth and Ludwigshafen in 2001; and finally Rajji Desai writes on the disposal of space technology waste.