The Dirt

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Discard studies is an emerging field that takes waste and wasting as its topic of study, including but beyond conventional notions of trash and garbage. To keep practitioners up-to-date, Discard Studies publishes The Dirt, a monthly compilation of recent publications, positions, opportunities, and calls for proposals in the field. Here is The Dirt for July 2019. If you have something to add to The Dirt, please email

Recent Discard Studies Posts

Publications (articles & books)

Note: If an article is behind a paywall, email the author. They are almost always authorized by copyright to distribute their own work.

Special Issues & Collection

Dissertations & Theses

  • Handley, Laura. (2018). Recycling or Relegating? Examining the Effects of the International Second-Hand Clothing Trade using the Greater Accra Region of Ghana as Case Study. Webster University Senior Thesis.

Calls for Proposals & Participation


Positions and Opportunities

If you have an item to add to The Dirt, please contact We are especially interested in non-English language submissions, and those from outside North America.

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