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Call for ‘Conflicts Involving Waste Pickers in the Global South’

A research team at UAB (the Autonomous University of Barcelona) is looking for any information or local contacts involved with urban conflicts concerning waste pickers, landfills & incinerator construction in Global South regions.

Who are we?

We are a research team of researchers and students working with the Environmental Justice Atlas (https://ejatlas.org) at the Institute of Science and Environmental Technology (ICTA) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).

 

Project description

Our project involves identifying and investigating urban conflicts involving waste pickers, whose livelihoods are put at greater risk due to loss of access to recyclables. We document and enter the conflicts into the EJAtlas with the final outcome of producing a featured map. Our intention with the research and the map is to increase visibility to the growing injustice of waste picker dispossession and displacement, mainly due to waste management privatization and the development of incinerators. Our research also highlights the ways in which local people and environmental justice organizations at various levels are resisting and struggling for more environmental and economically just conditions for waste pickers.

What are we looking for?

Our research team is looking for any information or local contacts who are involved with urban conflicts concerning waste pickers, landfills and/or incinerator construction. We are interested in hearing from activists, local residents, NGOs, researchers or whoever has knowledge about a particular conflict or site of resistance to the above-mentioned issues. We are looking at conflicts all over the world and would be interested in getting information about waste management conflict in the Global North, though we are focusing especially on Global South regions that have typically gotten less coverage. We are looking into urban areas in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Any tips, contacts or information will be very appreciated.

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