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Discard Studies is an interdisciplinary field of research that takes systems of 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 April 2022.

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We have begun posting the gender parity of The Dirt, especially given evidence that COVID-19 is increasing the skew in knowledge production to be ever more male, white, and childless. According to the Summers Gender Balance Assessment Tool, the bibliography for The Dirt in April 2022 is approximately 27.81% percent women-authored.

  • Anantharaman, Manisha. 2021. Reclaiming the Circular Economy: Informal Work and Grassroots Power. The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Politics, Jeannie Sowers, Stacy D. VanDeveer, and Erika Weinthal, eds.; July.
  • Anantharaman, Manisha. 2021. Ecological Routes to Social Status and Urban Inclusion: Theorizing citizenship through waste work.Consumption, Status, and Sustainability: Ecological and Anthropological Perspectives, Cindy Isenhour and Paul Roscoe, eds; Cambridge University Press, pp272-295.
  • Bauer, F., Nielsen, T.D., Nilsson, L.J., Palm, E., Ericsson, K., Fråne, A., Cullen, J., 2022. Plastics and climate change breaking carbon lock-ins through three mitigation pathways. One Earth 5, 361–376.
  • Bergmann, Sven. 2022. Speculative Ecologies: Salmon Farming and Marine Microplastics as Slow Disasters. In Ecologies of Gender: Contemporary Nature Relations and the Nonhuman Turn, edited by Susanne Lettow and Sabine Nessel, 206-26.
  • Bookchin, M., 2019. Utopia, not futurism: Why doing the impossible is the most rational thing we can do – Uneven Earth. URL (accessed 4.22.22).
  • Bosworth, K., 2022. Pipeline Populism: Grassroots Environmentalism in the Twenty-First Century. U of Minnesota Press.
  • Boullier, H., Henry, E., 2022. Toxic Ignorance. How Regulatory Procedures and Industrial Knowledge Jeopardise the Risk Assessment of Chemicals. Science as Culture 0, 1–24.
  • Calafate-Faria, F., 2022. Trash Talk: Unpicking the deadlock around urban waste and regeneration. Sociol. Rev.
  • Chauhan, N.S., Punia, A., 2022. Role of Education and Society in Dealing Plastic Pollution in the Future, in: Plastic and Microplastic in the Environment. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, pp. 267–281.
  • Confente, O., 2021. E-Waste… But Make It Fashion. feral feminisms 77–84.
  • Correia, J.E., 2022. Between Flood and Drought: Environmental Racism, Settler Waterscapes, and Indigenous Water Justice in South America’s Chaco. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 1–21.
  • Diana, Z., Vegh, T., Karasik, R., Bering, J., D. Llano Caldas, J., Pickle, A., Rittschof, D., Lau, W., Virdin, J., 2022. The evolving global plastics policy landscape: An inventory and effectiveness review. Environmental Science & Policy 134, 34–45.
  • Fei, X., He, H., Pi, X., Lu, X., Chen, Q., Ma, J., Wang, Y., Fang, M., Wu, C., Feng, S., 2022. The distribution, behavior, and release of macro- and micro-size plastic wastes in solid waste disposal sites. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology.
  • Foss, M.M., Koelsch, J., 2022. Need Nickel? How Electrifying Transport and Chinese Investment are Playing Out in the Indonesian Archipelago. James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy of Rice University.
  • Garnett, E., Balayannis, A., Hinchliffe, S., Davies, T., Gladding, T., Nicholson, P., 2022. The work of waste during COVID-19: logics of public, environmental, and occupational health. Critical Public Health.
  • Gothár, E., Schanz, H., 2022. Bringing a governance perspective to plastic litter: A structural analysis of the German PET industry. Sustainable Production and Consumption 31, 630–641.
  • Han, Y., Liu, J., Xu, H., 2022. A comprehensive assessment of the performance of China’s provincial zero-waste cities and impact factor diagnosis. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 95.
  • Hietala, Marika, and Robbe Geysmans. 2020. Social Sciences and Radioactive Waste Management: Acceptance, Acceptability, and a Persisting Socio-Technical Divide. Journal of Risk Research 22(4):423-438. Keywords: Radioactive waste, literature
    review, risk, participation, socio-technical divid
  • Jayanthi, H., Kulkarni, A., Patil, A.E., S V, S., 2021. An Organizational Structure for Sustainable Software Development, in: 2021 3rd International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communication Control and Networking (ICAC3N). Presented at the 2021 3rd International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communication Control and Networking (ICAC3N), pp. 1539–1542.
  • Kahhat, R., Miller, T.R., Ojeda-Benitez, S., Cruz-Sotelo, S.E., Jauregui-Sesma, J., Gusukuma, M., 2022. Proposal for used electronic products management in Mexicali. Resources, Conservation & Recycling Advances 13, 200065.
  • Kant, V., Tapia, R., Mondal, S., 2022. Sustainability of mobile IT sector in industrially developing countries by supporting repairability. Telecommunications Policy 46.
  • Kotnik, E.K., Ziberna, I., 2021. Light Pollution as Learning Content. Geografija v Soli 29, 39–49.
  • Lalude, O.M., Lawal-Arowolo, A., 2022. Africa in the Eye of the Storm: Navigating Law and Structural Inequality in Global Environmental Relations. LAW 8, 8–26.
  • Lu, M., 2022. Mobile phone repair in Ghana: Comparing three approaches. New Media & Society 14614448221083652.
  • Lu, M., Qiu, J.L., 2022. Empowerment or warfare? dark skin, AI camera, and Transsion’s patent narratives. Information, Communication & Society 0, 1–17.
  • Pacini-Ketchabaw, V., MacAlpine, K.-A., 2022. Queer Synthetic Curriculum for the Chthulucene: Common Worlding Waste Pedagogies. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 8.
  • Packer, M., Lambert, M.R., 2022. What’s Gender Got to Do With It? Dismantling the Human Hierarchies in Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Toxicology for Scientific and Social Progress. The American Naturalist.
  • Parvin, N., Rouse, R., Alvarez, D., Haghani, S., Clark, S., Gaskins, N.R., Sullivan, A., Mergil, E., Pelizari, J., Anupam, A., Casula, P., Gupta, S., 2022. Mess and Making Matters in Feminist Teaching. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 8.
  • Paúl Sebastián Egas Loaiza, 2022. Las relaciones (in)visibles de una botella PET desechada en Cuenca: Apuntes etnográficos a propósito de la recirculación y el desecho. Universidad de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecudaor.
  • Perumal, K., Muthuramalingam, S., 2022. Microplastics pollution studies in India: a recent review of sources, abundances and research perspectives – a comparison with global research (preprint). In Review.
  • Reno, J., 2022. Does waste make language? Journal of Sociolinguistics n/a.
  • Rodon, T., Keeling, A., Boutet, J.-S., 2021. Schefferville revisited: The rise and fall (and rise again) of iron mining in Québec-Labrador. The Extractive Industries and Society 101008.
  • Røstvik, C.M., 2022. Cash Flow: The businesses of menstruation. UCL Press.
  • Ruiz, M.U., 2021. The Dream of a Zero Waste Society: Exploring the practices and behaviours of waste generation in greater Mexico (PhD). Durham University, Durham, UK.
  • Silver, J.J., Okamoto, D.K., Armitage, D., Alexander, S.M., (Kam’ayaam/Chachim’multhnii), C.A., Burt, J.M., Jingwas), R.J. (Nang, Lee, L.C., Muhl, E.-K., Salomon, A.K., Stoll, J.S., 2022. Fish, people, and systems of power: understanding and disrupting feedback between colonialism and fisheries science. The American Naturalist 720152.
  • Thurlow, C., 2022. Rubbish? Envisioning a sociolinguistics of waste. Journal of Sociolinguistics n/a.
  • Turley, B., Cantor, A., Berry, K., Knuth, S., Mulvaney, D., Vineyard, N., 2022. Emergent landscapes of renewable energy storage: Considering just transitions in the Western United States. Energy Research & Social Science 90, 102583.
  • Ullrich, N., Piontek, F.M., Herrmann, C., Saraev, A., Viere, T., 2022. Estimating the resource intensity of the Internet: A meta-model to account for cloud-based services in LCA. Presented at the Procedia CIRP, pp. 80–85.
  • Urquhart, A., Lucey, B., 2022. Crypto and digital currencies — nine research priorities. Nature 604, 36–39.
  • Walsh, J.S.P., Gorman, A.C., Castaño, P., 2022. Postorbital discard and chain of custody: The processing of artifacts returning to Earth from the International Space Station. Acta Astronautica 195, 513–531.
  • Wong, M.H., 2022. Integrated sustainable waste management in densely populated cities: The case of Hong Kong. Sustainable Horizons 2, 100014.
  • Xie, V. (Jieru), 2022. The Effect of Ownership on Consumers’ Disposal Decisions: Research on Food Wastage and Recycling Behaviors (PhD). Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg.
  • Yuen, B., Jacobs, J.M., 2022. Down the Vertical Refuse Chutes in Singapore High-rise Living. Journal of Planning History 15385132221085948.


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