2017 Marine Plastic Innovation Challenge

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The 2017 Marine Plastic Innovation Challenge seeks to highlight solution-oriented engineering, research, and communication efforts that can help solve the global marine litter problem. Four categories have been defined within the challenge, with one winner from each to be announced at the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego, California in March 2018. Winners will have the opportunity to present …

PERC Update: September 2017

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PERC is a node of POLLEN Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC) has recently concluded The Lives and Afterlives of Plastics conference. The conference (watch here) featured a diverse range of twenty minute presentations covering a wide range of disciplines. Conferences held in Aotearoa/New Zealand tend to be dominated by Australasian voices because of our geographical distance from other parts of …

Massey University Freshwater Ecologist Honoured

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Congratulations to Massey University’s ‘fearless’ freshwater ecologist and PERC ally Dr. Mike Joy, who was recently awarded the inaugural Critic and Conscience of Society Award. Joy was recognised for his work in raising public awareness of water quality in New Zealand, and the impact of intensive farming practise. Professor Steve Weaver, from the University of Canterbury, and a member of …

‘Marine Resource Politics, Ocean Frontiers, and Tracking the Blue Economy’

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Wednesday 11th October, 12pm SGP1.02 connecting to AT3 PERC proudly presents the seminar ‘Marine Resource Politics, Ocean Frontiers, and Tracking the Blue Economy.’ Hosted by Associate Professor Jennifer Silver, from the University of Guelph, Canada, this talk “overviews my research program and then delves further into one area of it: international oceans governance. First, I will describe my background as …

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 …