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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.

The Global Petrochemical Map now live!

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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.

The Global Petrochemical Map

Toxic News E-Magazine

Our August 2019 16th edition, edited by David Brown, explores the theme of Environmental Justice and the Global South.

This issue also sees the launch of The Global Petrochemical Map  with an introductory article by Lorenzo Feltrin and David Brown.

Also in this issue: David Brown reflects upon the fourth annual Toxic Expertise workshop which took place in May earlier this year; Patrick Bond discusses fossil-fuel developments across South Africa; Laurie Parsons offers a commentary on the toxicity of fashion supply chains; Adrian Gonzalez explores the multiple injustices connected to oil pollution in rural Peruvian communities in the Loreto region; Amelia Fiske reflects upon a trip that she took to Cuenca, Ecuador to visit Pablo Cardoso‚Äôs exposition of Lago Agrio-Sour Lake; and finally Tom Ogwang draws attention to the myriad social and environmental impacts of oil development in Uganda.
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Credit: Louis Vest, Flickr - Industrial Landscape in Houston, Texas

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