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by Kate O'Neill

At a time when resources are under great pressure, waste is one of the few resources that is growing rather than shrinking. Kate O’Neill inventories the different forms and surprising itineraries of waste, and explains how this challenges our understanding of global governance.


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Kate O’Neill
September 2019

Kate O’Neill is Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. She is the author of Waste Trading Among Rich Nations: Building a New Theory of Environmental Regulation (MIT Press, 2000) The Environment and International Relations (Cambridge University Press 2009, 2nd edition 2017), and Waste (Polity Press 2019).


Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale

Adam Minter

Minter is a journalist who grew up in the scrap industry and he writes amazingly well. He’s looking at clothes and cars and all of these goods that cross borders, and what happens to them.

It’s a daily news briefing where the writers cover every aspect of the waste industry from what’s going on with firms and their mergers and so on, to considering these very global issues of what’s happening in recycling programs. They’ve got a tremendous wealth of information. It’s kind of designed for the industry, but it’s very open to general audiences.

A blog and set of resources more from the perspective of critical theory and science and technology studies. It’s run by Max Liboiron and Josh Lepawsky, and they just do some fabulous work that pulls together this whole vast world of discard studies and the application of social science and humanities to really understanding what this means from any various perspectives.

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