Plastics in Paradise

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PERC co-director Sy Taffel spoke to Radio New Zealand Nights about the virtuality of “The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic” conference. Likely the first of its type in New Zealand, the online conference is quite a new format, and as with all digital technologies the potential for future experimentation is great, and this conference is just a first attempt. The …

MullenLowe NOVA Award Runner Up Hannah Scott

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PERC extends deepest congratulations to MA Art and Science student Hannah Scott, who was awarded the MullenLowe NOVA Award Runner Up. The awards recognise and showcase promising talent in creativity, and celebrate innovators and risk takers. Hannah’s work “explores the relationship between consumer lifestyle in Britain and the Arctic environment, with particular focus on the impact of plastic waste.” Hannah’s …

Think Beyond Plastic and UN Environment Launch Innovation Challenge on Marine Litter

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The UN Environment (UNEP) and Think Beyond Plastic have launched an innovation competition, which invites university students to develop solutions to the problem of marine litter. Presentations can relate to engineering and design, communications, economics, and prediction and recovery. The winners will will be announced at the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference, which will take place the 12-16 March 2018 …

The Kiwi Bottle Drive

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The Political Ecology Research Centre, Massey University is supporting The Kiwi Bottle Drive as they launch their “message in a bottle” action, upping the pressure in the campaign for bottle deposits in Aotearoa NZ. We encourage you to take part! Starting tomorrow, 1st July, 11am, we’re joining the Kiwi Bottle Drive by sending messages on plastic drink bottles, freepost to …

‘Opening the Bin’

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PERC Co-director Dr Farrelly travelled to Helsingborg, Sweden to attend the ‘Opening the Bin’ Conference. The three-day conference was well attended by social scientists and humanities waste researchers who gathered to discuss “the places, roles and trajectories as well as the meanings, practices, and vocabularies of waste in culture and society.” Dr Farrelly presented on the need for more transdisciplinary …

Wageningen University Visit

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On April 25, 2017, Dr. Trisia Farrelly, Co-director of Massey’s Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC) visited Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Dr Farrelly’s visit, to the Sociology of Development and Change (SDC)/ Centre for Space Place and  Society (CSPS) and the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN), included a forum discussion she held to explore how Massey’s PERC membership could work collaboratively with other individuals and …

PERC Student Profile: Thomas Robertson

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Thomas is a social anthropologist based in New Zealand, primarily interested in artisanal and small-scale gold mining, with secondary interests in hormone mimicking chemicals from plastics and biodiversity. He completed his MA at Massey University in 2016. Thomas’ broad interest is in complex environmental problems which require interdisciplinary perspectives to approach, and he has conducted research on interdisciplinarity itself. Thomas …

PERC Student Profile: Fraser Williams

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Fraser is completing his Master of Arts in Social Anthropology at Massey University, and tutors the core citizenship course within the Bachelor of Arts programme. His thesis is an ethnography exploring an New Zealand eco-village that was established to realise a desire to live sustainably. Sustainability is articulated as living lightly on the earth and closer to nature, representing a …

Colonial ecologies: Guthrie-Smith’s Tutira and writing in the settled environment

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PERC member Philip Steer has recently published the first account of ecology in pre-1950 writing to be published in a New Zealand literary history, appearing in A History of New Zealand Literature, edited by Mark Williams (Cambridge University Press, 2016). The essay points out that the most recurrent ecological concern in New Zealand literature prior to the 1920s centred on …

Final Call For Papers: The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic

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Final Call for Papers The Lives and Afterlives of Plastics: A Nearly Carbon Neutral Conference June 26th – July 14th 2017 Keynotes Richard C. Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology, Plymouth University Gay Hawkins, Professor of Cultural Studies, Western Sydney University Ian C. Shaw, Professor of Toxicology, University of Canterbury More plastic was produced in the past decade than during the …