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Sociology Toxic Expertise: Environmental Justice & the Global Petrochemical Industry

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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.


Toxic substances are part of our everyday lives. They are commonly associated with synthetic chemicals, but in fact they are found throughout nature.

This project looks at the complex issue of toxics in relation to health, the economy, and the environment.

Toxic News E-Magazine

Our ninth issue focuses on pollution with Thom Davies reflecting on his recent ethnographic research in the rural community of Freetown in St James Parish in Louisiana. Erik Kojola highlighting the importance of emotions and identities in conflicts over environmental risks. Thomas Verbeek draws attention to the environmental impacts of our transportation infrastructure, particularly air and noise pollution. And our first translation with Gwen Ottinger’s Lessons in Infrastructuring (first published in May 2017) translated into Chinese.

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

Industrial landscape - houston

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