Alice Mah is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, with research interests in environmental justice, corporate power, toxic pollution, and the politics of green industrial transformations. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics and was Principal Investigator of the European Research Council-funded Starting Grant “Toxic Expertise: Environmental Justice and the Global Petrochemical IndustryLink opens in a new window” from 2015-2020.
Alice is the author of Plastic Unlimited: How Corporations Are Fuelling the Ecological Crisis and What We Can Do About It Link opens in a new window(2022, Polity Press); Toxic Truths: Environmental Justice and Citizen Science in a Post-Truth AgeLink opens in a new window (with Thom Davies 2020, University of Manchester Press); Port Cities and Global LegaciesLink opens in a new window (2014, Palgrave Macmillan); and Industrial Ruination, Community, and PlaceLink opens in a new window (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 (with Duke University Press), based on research from the Toxic ExpertiseLink opens in a new window project and the Philip Leverhulme PrizeLink opens in a new window.
Alice is Director of Research, Impact, and Sustainability in the Department of Sociology and Co-Director of the Warwick Environmental Systems Interdisciplinary CentreLink opens in a new window (WESIC).
Externally Funded Research Projects
- Deindustrialization and the Politics of Our TimeLink opens in a new window- Co-Investigator, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant (PI Steven High), $2.5 million CAD overall (2020-2027)
- Philip Leverhulme PrizeLink opens in a new window- Principal Investigator, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, £100,000 (2018-2023)
- Toxic Expertise: Environmental Justice and the Global Petrochemical IndustryLink opens in a new window - Principal Investigator, European Research Council Starting Grant (ERC), €1.5 million (2015-2020) See Results in brief: CORDISLink opens in a new window, European Commission and the online interactive Global Petrochemical MapLink opens in a new window.
Selected Recent Publications
- Mah, A. (2022) Plastic Unlimited: How Corporations Are Fuelling the Ecological Crisis and What We Can Do About ItLink opens in a new window. Polity Press.
- Feltrin, L., A. Mah, and D. Brown (2022), 'Noxious Deindustrialization: Experiences of Precarity and Pollution in Scotland’s Petrochemical CapitalLink opens in a new window,' Environment and Planning C https://doi/10.1177/23996544211056328.
- Mah, A. (2021) 'Future-Proofing Capitalism: The Paradox of the Circular Economy for PlasticsLink opens in a new window' Global Environmental Politics 21(2) https://doi.org/10.1162/glep_a_00594.
- Mah, A. (2021) 'Ecological Crisis, Decarbonisation, and Degrowth: The Dilemmas of Just Petrochemical TransformationsLink opens in a new window' Stato e Mercato, no. 121, pp. 51-78. https://doi/10.1425/101444. Available green open accessLink opens in a new window.
- Brown, D., A. Mah, and G. Walker (2021), 'The Tenacity of Trust in Petrochemical Communities: Reckoning with Risk on the Fawley Waterside (1997-2019)Link opens in a new window,' Environment and Planning E. https://doi.org/10.1177/25148486211045367.
- Davies, T. and A. Mah. (eds) (2020) Toxic Truths: Environmental Justice and Citizen Science in a Post-Truth AgeLink opens in a new window, University of Manchester Press. Available open accessLink opens in a new window.
- Verbeek, T. and A. Mah (2020). 'Integration and Isolation in the Global Petrochemical Industry: A Multiscalar Corporate Network AnalysisLink opens in a new window' Economic Geography 96(20) https://doi.org/10.1080/00130095.2020.1794809
- Jephcote, C, D. Brown, T. Verbeek, and A. Mah. (2020). 'A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Haematological Malignancies in Residents Living Near Petrochemical Facilities'Link opens in a new window Environmental Health 19(53): https://doi.org/10.1186/s12940-020-00582-1.
- Mah, A. and X. Wang (2019) 'Accumulated Injuries of Environmental Injustice: Living and Working with Petrochemical Pollution in Nanjing, ChinaLink opens in a new window.' Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 109(6): 1961-1977 https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2019.1574551.
- See full list of publications hereLink opens in a new window.
Research Students and Postdoctoral Researchers
- Supervises PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in environmental, political, and urban sociology (and related interdisciplinary fields)
- See research students and postdoctoral researchers hereLink opens in a new window.
- The Sociology of Green Transformations
- Environmental Sociology
Media and Public Webinars
- "A Continuing Crisis: Corporations owning the Circular Economy NarrativeLink opens in a new window," interview with Chris Seekings in IEMA Transform Magazine about Plastic Unlimited, 26 May 2022.
- Climate and Colonialism: Reflections on COP26Link opens in a new window, BSA Postcolonial and Decolonial Project Transformation Study Group and Connected Sociologies Curriculum Project webinar, 27 January 2022.
- The Climate Footprint of PlasticsLink opens in a new window, China Environment Forum Wilson Center webinar, 1 December 2021.
- The Toxic Costs of Petrochemical and Plastics InvestmentsLink opens in a new window, Planet Tracker webinar, 23 September 2021.
- Governing Petrochemicals Panel, Global Governance of Plastic Pollution Conference, Graduate Institute in Geneva and UNCTAD, Link opens in a new window31 Aug 2021
- Virtual Blue COP Webinar on Plastic Pollution, the Climate Crisis, and Oceanic ChangeLink opens in a new window, 7 Dec 2019
- Spotlight on Scientists at the European Parliament,Link opens in a new window 7 July 2018
- BBC Radio 4 'Thinking Allowed' interview about port cities researchLink opens in a new window, 3 Dec 2014
- BBC Radio 4 'Thinking Allowed' interview about industrial ruinationLink opens in a new window, 27 March 2013
- British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2013 interview,Link opens in a new window April 2013