With millions of people involved in collecting and treating recyclable products, waste recycling provides a critical entry point to investigating the spaces and dynamics of the Chinese economy. Based on sixteen months of in-depth ethnographic research, Carlo’s doctoral research, “Invisible spaces: variegated geographies of waste in China”, analyses waste and its boundaries, as well as the actors that deal with it at different scales within the country. The work examines how waste circulates, how it is regulated, and how it is represented in China. It presents stories of individuals and places that configure the waste industry and situates its analysis at the intersection of different strands of literature within economic and environmental geography. The research contends that the “afterlives” of goods are a productive prism to understand the variegated mode of capitalism in contemporary China.
Carlo is currently Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography and Global Production Networks Centre at the National University of Singapore. He completed his DPhil in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford in 2016. Carlo is visiting Taiwan for a research program on the electronics industry. Among his recent publications: Variegated geographies of electronic waste: policy mobility, heterogeneity and neoliberalism
許靜文 Ching-wen Hsu
中國效應小組 China Impact Studies
中央研究院 社會學研究所 Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica
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