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Alice Mah


Room: E0.21a

Telephone: +44 (0) 2476 522205

Pronouns: she/her

Orchid ID: 0000-0001-8183-2527

Twitter: @toxicexpertise


Industrial Ruination, Community and Place


Alice Mah is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, with research interests in environmental justice, corporate power, and the politics of green industrial transformations. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics. Her internationally recognised research on industrial ruination, toxic pollution, post-industrial port cities, and the global petrochemical industry have been motivated by a deep concern with social inequalities, across different dimensions and scales. She has conducted comparative, multi-site sociological research in the UK, China, the US, France, Belgium, Russia, and Canada.

Alice is the author of Plastic Unlimited: How Corporations Are Fuelling the Ecological Crisis and What We Can Do About It (forthcoming in May 2022 with Polity Press); Toxic Truths: Environmental Justice and Citizen Science in a Post-Truth Age (with Thom Davies 2020, University of Manchester Press); Port Cities and Global Legacies (2014, Palgrave Macmillan); and Industrial Ruination, Community, and Place (2012, University of Toronto Press), winner of the 2013 British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Memorial Prize.

Currently Alice is working on a book entitled Petrochemical Planet: Multiscalar Battles of Industrial Transformation (under contract with Duke University Press), based on findings from her European Research Council (ERC)-funded project Toxic Expertise: Environmental Justice and the Global Petrochemical Industry and the Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Alice is Director of Research in the Department of Sociology and Co-Director of the Warwick Environmental Systems Interdisciplinary Centre (WESIC). She is the founding editor of Toxic News, a quarterly e-magazine about toxic pollution in everyday life.

Research Projects


2017 Philip Leverhulme Prize in Sociology

2015 Sage Prize for Innovation and/or Excellence for "The Dereliction Tourist" in Sociological Research Online

2013. Philip Abrams Memorial Prize, British Sociological Association, for the best first and sole-authored monograph in Sociology (Industrial Ruination, Community, and Place)

Media and Public Webinars

Selected Publications


Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Public Writing


  • The Sociology of Green Transformations (SO368 and SO9D8S)
  • Environmental Sociology (SO2G6)

Doctoral Supervision

  • Zhiling Ma, "Political Ecology of Renewable Energy Opposition: The Case Study of Wind Power
    Plants in Shilingol, Inner Mongolia, China." Co-supervised with Ulf Liebe.
  • Anna Wikman, "Making sense of slow violence: air quality standards, health risks and environmental injustice." Co-supervised with Nerea Calvillo.
  • Zainab Moulvi, "Culture, ecology and social transformation: The case of the Thal desert." Co-supervised with Virinder Kalra.
  • Patricio Flores Silva, "Exploring limits for transnational environmental justice: the Arica Victims v. Boliden Minerals case." Co-supervised with Nerea Calvillo.
  • Anissa Yu, "Identifying, recognising, and reconciling value differences in social movements: The case of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement." Co-supervised with John Solomos.
  • Cong Wang, "From “digital” to “smart”: the future expectation behind Intelligent Transportation System in China from 2008 to 2017." Co-supervised with Steve Fuller.
  • Alexandra Kviat (completed in 2019), "Placemaking in the post-functionalist and post-digital city: the case study of Ziferblat." Co-supervised with Hannah Jones, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Leicester
  • Julian Molina (completed in 2017), “Intervention Work: An Ethnography of NEET to EET Transitions.” Co-supervised with Noel Whiteside.

Postdoctoral Researchers