Expert advice in times of crisis: Transboundary risk governance and COVID-19

Linda Soneryd – Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg linda.soneryd@gu.se In a pandemic situation, defined by the World Health Organization, WHO, as ‘the worldwide spread of a new disease’, we all need to listen to experts to know how to act for the safety of ourselves and others. Since it is a … Continue reading Expert advice in times of crisis: Transboundary risk governance and COVID-19

Deadly Exposures: COVID-19 and the Slow Violence of Lead Exposure

Abby Kinchy and Dan Walls – Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute kincha@rpi.edu – wallsd@rpi.edu Like many university staff, we have watched the COVID-19 crisis unfold from the relative safety of our homes, trying to continue our research while physically distanced from the people and places that are central to our investigation. … Continue reading Deadly Exposures: COVID-19 and the Slow Violence of Lead Exposure

If we want to halt climate change, the next industrial revolution needs to be a workers’ transformative industrial plan

Sam Mason – Public and Commercial Services Union sam@pcs.org.uk The Coronavirus pandemic has thrust science and technology into the spotlight with urgent and necessary priority. In parallel, assumptions about the nature of work and what skills are valuable in society and the economy have been challenged as health and social care workers, along with many … Continue reading If we want to halt climate change, the next industrial revolution needs to be a workers’ transformative industrial plan

Meat production, COVID-19, environmental injustice: Is there room for industrial farming in the post-pandemic world?

Ekaterina Gladkova – Department of Social Sciences, Northumbria University, Ellison Place, Newcastle upon Tyne e.gladkova@northumbria.ac.uk The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is far from being over; yet, it has already exposed a myriad of flaws in our economic, political and social structures. The pandemic has also drawn the attention to the global food system, especially in light … Continue reading Meat production, COVID-19, environmental injustice: Is there room for industrial farming in the post-pandemic world?

The challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis for human-animal relations

Nickie Charles – Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick nickie.charles@warwick.ac.uk According to Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, the COVID-19 pandemic ‘is a direct warning that nature can take no more’ and that ‘humanity’s destruction of nature’ must stop (Andersen, 2020). In Jane Goodall’s … Continue reading The challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis for human-animal relations

A pandemic of water privatization: Poverty and lack of water in Chile

Maria Christina Fragkou – Hydrofeminist collective La Gota Negra/ Department of Geography, University of Chile mariac.fragkou@uchilefau.cl Chile is globally renowned for its neoliberal politics, imposed during the military dictatorship between 1973 and 1990, and the implications these have had on water management, crystallised in the infamous Chilean Water Code that has been studied extensively by … Continue reading A pandemic of water privatization: Poverty and lack of water in Chile

Editorial: South America, or the lost Paradise

Patricio Flores Silva- Department of Sociology, University of Warwick. patricio-ignacio.flores-silva@warwick.ac.uk After discovering ‘the new world’, European conquerors felt deeply impressed by its natural richness. Given the majesty of its forests, the unlimited fruits provided by its trees, the fertility of its virgin valleys, the Americas, in general, and South America, in particular, were assumed as … Continue reading Editorial: South America, or the lost Paradise

‘El aire está malo’: Living with toxics in a Chilean sacrifice zone

Efren Legaspi, Citizen of Horcón (V Region of Valparaíso, Chile)/Universidad de Sevilla. efrenlb@gmail.com ‘El aire está malo’ (‘the air feels bad´) is a common expression among people from the Quintero-Puchuncaví bay (V Region of Valparaíso, Chile), who must deal with the atmospheric emissions generated by the industrial complex Ventanas on a daily basis. In the … Continue reading ‘El aire está malo’: Living with toxics in a Chilean sacrifice zone

Living and resisting with agrotoxics in their blood: Struggles for health and environmental rights against sprayings and agrobiofuels pollution in the heart of the Argentinian agribusiness

Mauricio Berger, PhD, Social Sciences, Associate Researcher, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Associate Professor Instituto de Investigación y Formación en Administración Pública, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina (IIFAP, FCS, UNC). mauricio.berger@unc.edu.ar Cecilia Carrizo, Msc, Public Administration, Associate Professor, Instituto de Investigación y Formación en Administración Pública, Facultad de … Continue reading Living and resisting with agrotoxics in their blood: Struggles for health and environmental rights against sprayings and agrobiofuels pollution in the heart of the Argentinian agribusiness