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Toxic Expertise: Environmental Justice and the Global Petrochemical Industry

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Project "ToxicExpertise" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Kirby Corner Road - University House
postcode: CV4 8UW

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙455˙108 €
 EC max contribution 1˙455˙108 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-08-01   to  2020-07-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK UK (COVENTRY) coordinator 1˙455˙108.00


 Project objective

This research project critically examines ‘toxic expertise’, the contested politics of making scientific claims about the health impacts of toxic pollution. Toxic expertise has a double meaning: scientific expertise about the effects of toxic pollution, and the toxic nature of expertise that is used to justify a lack of corporate social responsibility. The research focuses on the global petrochemical industry as a significant but controversial source of toxic pollution, with unequal regulations and risks across different countries and populations. Debates about the global petrochemical industry reflect conflicting interests between jobs, prosperity, and health. This research contributes to interdisciplinary social scientific research on science and technology, environmental justice movements, and the uneven geography of capitalism. In particular, it develops sociological arguments that scientific ‘expertise’ is inherently political and socially constructed. This mixed method comparative research will be conducted in three stages. The first stage will examine toxic expertise in the leading global petrochemical companies and environmental non-governmental organisations in Western Europe, North America, and China. The second stage will focus on in-depth case studies in the United States and China, two of the top petrochemical producers in the world. The third stage will develop an international public resource of toxic expertise to address practical challenges of capacity and scale inherent within both dominant and citizen-led epidemiology, by developing accessible information and tools for understanding, monitoring, and reporting toxic pollutants and their health impacts. The project offers the first systematic sociological analysis of the global petrochemical industry in relation to environmental justice, responding to calls within critical social science for the democratisation of science which highlight the need for greater accountability and transparency.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Alice Mah, Xinhong Wang
Accumulated Injuries of Environmental Injustice: Living and Working with Petrochemical Pollution in Nanjing, China
published pages: 1961-1977, ISSN: 2469-4452, DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2019.1574551
Annals of the American Association of Geographers 109/6 2020-04-01
2019 Calvin Jephcote, Alice Mah
Regional inequalities in benzene exposures across the European petrochemical industry: A Bayesian multilevel modelling approach
published pages: 104812, ISSN: 0160-4120, DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.05.006
Environment International 132 2020-04-01
2019 Thom Davies
Slow violence and toxic geographies: ‘Out of sight’ to whom?
published pages: 239965441984106, ISSN: 2399-6544, DOI: 10.1177/2399654419841063
Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 2020-04-01
2018 Thom Davies
Toxic Space and Time: Slow Violence, Necropolitics, and Petrochemical Pollution
published pages: 1-17, ISSN: 2469-4452, DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2018.1470924
Annals of the American Association of Geographers 6 issues per year 2019-05-29
2016 Mah, Alice
Environmental justice in the age of big data : challenging toxic blind spots of voice, speed, and expertise
published pages: 122-133, ISSN: 2325-1042, DOI: 10.1080/23251042.2016.1220849
Environmental Sociology 4 issues per year 2019-05-27

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