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 …

The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic Keynote Speaker Announcement

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PERC is pleased to confirm Professor Gay Hawkins, Research Professor in Social and Cultural Theory at the Institute for Culture and Society, a leading interdisciplinary research centre based at Western Sydney University, as a keynote speaker at the upcoming conference The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic. Her research focuses on the interactions between environments, materials and cultures. Prior to joining …

The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic Keynote Speaker Announcement

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PERC is pleased to announce that Professor Ian Shaw will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming conference The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic. Professor Shaw is an author, broadcaster and academic. He has worked in government science, the pharmaceuticals industry and in several universities. He rose to the dizzy administrative heights as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Science) at the University of …

The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic Keynote Speaker Announcement

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PERC is pleased to announce Professor of Marine Biology at Plymouth University, Richard Thompson, as a keynote speaker at the upcoming conference The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic. Professor Thompson specialises in the ecology of shallow water habitats, with much of his work over the last decade focused on marine debris with numerous publications on this topic. In 2004 his …

The Interdisciplinary Plastic Waste Project Workshop

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Trisia Farrelly’s sabbatical at NUI Galway in January 2017 included a forum on plastic waste (see poster below). Trisia led the morning session with a presentation on the need for more inter- and trans-disciplinary research that politicized the challenges posed by the production, consumption, and disposal of plastics. The NUI Galway and GMIT presentations that followed captured the depth and …