PX Events from the Perspective of Social Constructivism

ZHANG Hubiao, Associate Professor, Sociology Department of Hohai University, China In recent years, a series of PX (paraxylene) events have occurred in China. Public concern in China over PX first started with the mass protests in the city of Xiamen in Fujian province, over a planned paraxylene plant. The basic logic of their process is … Continue reading PX Events from the Perspective of Social Constructivism

Toxic Expertise Public Engagement Event

Dr Thom Davies, Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick. @ThomDavies The context of post-Brexit politics was never far from discussion, and the uncertain role that expertise is playing within complex political and environmental debates led to some interesting interventions by the invited speakers as well as members of the audience. Last Thursday at The … Continue reading Toxic Expertise Public Engagement Event

‘‘Dis Da Fi Wee?”: Oil, Conservation and Development in Belize

Leon Sealey-Huggins, Lecturer, Global Sustainable Development Programme, University of Warwick ‘Fi Wee Belize’ Pickney march tru di street di sing yah dah fu wee Belize mis Matie cross di street di halla yah dah fuh wee Belize even Shiela granny di brokdong to di tune yah dah fu wee Belize but tell mi, weh all … Continue reading ‘‘Dis Da Fi Wee?”: Oil, Conservation and Development in Belize

Coal Mining: Ecological and Environmental Disasters in China

ZHANG Yulin, Department of Sociology, Nanjing University As the ‘World Factory of 21st century’, China uses coal for 2/3 of its energy consumption. Large scale coal mine excavation—which constituted 3.97 billion tons in 2013—has caused serious ecological damage in rural China, with the most severe situation occurring in Shanxi Province.   The recovery deposits and … Continue reading Coal Mining: Ecological and Environmental Disasters in China

Lead, Politics, and Community: Notes from La Oroya, Peru

Pamela Neumann, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University            Lead is a controversial subject in the Peruvian town of La Oroya (population 30,000), which has the dubious distinction of being ranked one of the top ten most contaminated places in the world. Looking out at its scarred white hills today, it’s hard … Continue reading Lead, Politics, and Community: Notes from La Oroya, Peru

Into a Frozen Inferno: Personal and Historical Trajectories in Monchegorsk

Andy Bruno, Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University Through a foggy bus window I began to make out the town amid the meager taiga landscape. It’d be fitting if the translucent layer of film distorting my view came from the plant’s pollution, but I doubt that was the case. As we rolled past a familiar scene … Continue reading Into a Frozen Inferno: Personal and Historical Trajectories in Monchegorsk