Warwick Business Schools 17th Floor at The Shard in London
Hello and welcome back to my blog! The 2nd blog post of the month I wanted to dedicate to this special event I attended from the Sociology Department at an iconic building in London: The Shard. I do not know how many of you know of our business school’s 17th floor at the Shard, but as soon as I saw the event on the start.warwick account I knew instantly that I wanted to go.
The event, entitled ‘Toxic Expertise: Environmental Justice and the Global Petrochemical Industry’, is about a 5-year European Research Council-funded research project (2015-2020) that examines 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 itself. The research focuses on the global petrochemical industry as a significant source of pollution, with unequal regulations and risks across different countries and populations.
This mixed-method research is being conducted in several stages and after only one year since the beginning of it, they have conducted 65 qualitative interviews with environmental activists, corporate representatives, local residents, workers, policy-makers, lawyers, and scientists in Europe, the United States, and China, they took participant observation at international petrochemical conferences and also documentary analysis and preliminary mapping of petrochemical companies and environmental NGOs. (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/research/currentresearch/toxicexpertise/)
All in all, it was a great event with many interesting research ideas, solutions, great speakers and I feel like it really raised my awareness of world problems as important as toxic pollution.