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Sociology Toxic Expertise: Environmental Justice & the Global Petrochemical Industry

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This ERC funded, 5 year research project offers the first systematic sociological analysis of the global petrochemical industry in relation to corporate social responsibility and environmental justice.

Examining different claims about the health impacts of toxic pollution, this is a highly topical, interdisciplinary project.


Toxic substances are part of our everyday lives. They are commonly associated with synthetic chemicals, but in fact they are found throughout nature.

This project looks at the complex issue of toxics in relation to health, the economy, and the environment.

Toxic News E-Magazine

Our latest articles take us from the contaminated Rocky Flats over to China to discuss environmental participation. We also consider the impact of globalisation on a UK mining town and have an 'atommic' round-up of 2016.

"Pollution, Environmental Justice and Citizen Science"

This years annual workshop will be May 3rd-4th 2017 at The University of Warwick, Arden Conference Centre. Full Details.

Credit: Louis Vest, Flickr - Industrial Landscape in Houston, Texas

Industrial landscape - houston

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