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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

In our August 2017 issue, we bring together articles that address different challenges and opportunities of addressing environmental issues around the world, from high-tech corporate pollution in Taiwan to indigenous struggles against environmental injustice in Ecuador; and from global climate accountability to informal e-waste recycling in China.

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

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