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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.

We had a fantastic annual workshop in May at the University of Warwick, exploring themes of expertise and the hierarchy of knowledge, making sense of waste and litter, toxic struggles, toxic legacies, and environmental justice and activism.

Toxic News E-Magazine

Our latest issue (May 2018) "Toxic Visions: Photography and Pollution", edited by Research Fellow and photographer Dr Thom Davies, features fascinating sociological photo essays about toxic pollution, spanning from Monsanto's social and environmental destruction, to nuclear radiation, rare earth minerals, oil reserves, and other polluted landscapes around the world. Dr Loretta Lou writes about the themes and papers of our third annual workshop on (in)visibility and pollution.

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

Industrial landscape - houston

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