Ghost Acres and the Global Waste Economy
Project Director and Principal Investigator: Dr. Simone M. Müller
The DFG Emmy-Noether Research Group Hazardous Travels. Ghost Acres and the Global Waste Economy investigates structures and dynamics of international hazardous waste trade since the 1970s.
We are a team of three PhD students and one head of reserach. As a team, we work with an asymmetrical comparison of "ghost acres" case studies from North America, Germany, Ecuador, and India.
Through our reserach, we seek to understand how the system of the global waste economy could seemingly be built simultaneously on structures of "voluntary exchange" of toxic materiality and "garbage imperialism."
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