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 …

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 …

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 …