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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 October 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 Oct 2022 is approximately 28.99% Women, 56.88% Men, and 14.13% Unknown.

  • Ajates, R. 2022. “From Land Enclosures to Lab Enclosures: Digital Sequence Information, Cultivated Biodiversity and the Movement for Open Source Seed Systems.” Journal of Peasant Studies.
  • Alexander, C., and D. Sosna Sr. 2022. Thrift And Its Paradoxes: From Domestic To Political Economy. Thrift And Its Paradoxes: From Domestic To Political Economy.
  • Baker, Vanessa Catherine. 2022. “Entangled Ecologies of the Everyday: Gender, Labor, and Nature in Rural Proletarian Literature of Korea and Japan.” PhD, Irvine: University of California, Irvine.
  • Berglan, Laura, Blaine Miller-McFeeley, and Andrea Folds. 2022. “The Clean Energy Dilemma: How the Push for Clean Energy Could Threaten Indigenous Communities and an Exploration of Potential Alternatives.” Colorado Environmental Law Journal 33: 285.
  • Bhambra, Gurminder K., and Peter Newell. 2022. “More than a Metaphor: ‘Climate Colonialism’ in Perspective.” Global Social Challenges Journal 1 (aop): 1–9.
  • Blackwatters, Jeffrey E., Michele Betsill, Ash Enrici, Elodie Le Cornu, Xavier Basurto, and Rebecca L. Gruby. n.d. “More than Funders: The Roles of Philanthropic Foundations in Marine Conservation Governance.” Conservation Science and Practice n/a (n/a): e12829.
  • Blok, A. 2022. “Eventful Infrastructures: Contingencies of Socio-Material Change.” In The Routledge Handbook of Social Change, 347–60.
  • Brad, Alina, Ulrich Brand, and Etienne Schneider. 2022. Global Environmental Governance and the State. Handbook of Critical Environmental Politics. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Brooks, Xan. 2022. “The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy Review – a Deep Dive into the Abyss.” The Guardian, October 26, 2022, sec. Books.
  • Brown, D., A. Mah, and G. Walker. 2022. “The Tenacity of Trust in Petrochemical Communities: Reckoning with Risk on the Fawley Waterside (1997–2019).” Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 5 (3): 1207–29.
  • Bruns, Axel. 2022. “Filtro burbuja.” Revista Latinoamericana de Economía y Sociedad Digital.
  • Brydges, Taylor, Claudia E. Henninger, Eri Amasawa, Mary Hanlon, and Celina Jones. 2022. “For Waste’s Sake: Stakeholder Mapping of Circular Economy Approaches to Address the Growing Issue of Clothing Textile Waste.” International Journal of Sustainable Fashion & Textiles 1 (2): 175–99.
  • Carney Almroth, Bethanie, Sarah E. Cornell, Miriam L. Diamond, Cynthia A. de Wit, Peter Fantke, and Zhanyun Wang. 2022. “Understanding and Addressing the Planetary Crisis of Chemicals and Plastics.” One Earth 5 (10): 1070–74.
  • Chen, Guo, Jia Feng, and Liwen Chen. 2022. “Dharavi in Beijing? A Hidden Geography of Waste and Migrant Exclusion.” The Professional Geographer 0 (0): 1–19.
  • Conway, Kyle. 2022. “Reading Oil (Back) into Media History: The Case of Postwar Television.” International Journal of Cultural Studies, October, 136787792211292.
  • Cram, E, Martin P. Law, and Phaedra C. Pezzullo. 2022. “Cripping Environmental Communication: A Review of Eco-Ableism, Eco-Normativity, and Climate Justice Futurities.” Environmental Communication 0 (0): 1–13.
  • Crotty, Jo, and Sergej Ljubownikow. 2022. “Environmental Governance in the Russian Federation: Firms and Regulator Perception of Environmental NGOs.” East European Politics, October, 1–18.
  • Dawson, Amanda L, Marina FM Santana, Joost LD Nelis, and Cherie A Motti. 2022. “Taking Control of Microplastics Data: A Comparison of Control and Blank Data Correction Methods.” Journal of Hazardous Materials, October, 130218.
  • Evans, D. 2022. “Pathogenic Proliferations: Salmon Aquaculture, Industrial Viruses, and Toxic Geographies of Settler-Colonialism.” Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.
  • Foellmer, Julia, Max Liboiron, Andrea Rechenburg, and Thomas Kistemann. 2022. How Do the Cultural Contexts of Waste Practices Affect Health and Well-Being? World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe.
  • Gille, Z. 2022. “The Socialocene: From Capitalocene to Transnational Waste Regimes.” Antipode.
  • Grabowski, Zbigniew Jakub, Katinka Wijsman, Claudia Tomateo, and Timon McPhearson. 2022. “How Deep Does Justice Go? Addressing Ecological, Indigenous, and Infrastructural Justice through Nature-Based Solutions in New York City.” Environmental Science & Policy 138 (December): 171–81.
  • Greene, Jeremy, Caroline L Skolnik, and Maria W Merritt. 2022a. “How Medicine Becomes Trash: Disposability in Health Care.” The Lancet 400 (10360): 1298–99.
  • Greene, Jeremy, Caroline L. Skolnik, and Maria W. Merritt. 2022b. “How Medicine Becomes Trash: Disposability in Health Care.” The Lancet 400 (10360): 1298–99.
  • Heiges, Jessica, and Kate O’Neill. 2022. “A Recycling Reckoning: How Operation National Sword Catalyzed a Transition in the U.S. Plastics Recycling System.” Journal of Cleaner Production 378 (December): 134367.
  • Hine, Amelia, Chris Gibson, and Chantel Carr. 2022. “Green Hydrogen Regions: Emergent Spatial Imaginaries and Material Politics of Energy Transition.” Preprint. SocArXiv.
  • Howson, Kelle, Hannah Johnston, Matthew Cole, Fabian Ferrari, Funda Ustek-Spilda, and Mark Graham. n.d. “Unpaid Labour and Territorial Extraction in Digital Value Networks.” Global Networks n/a (n/a). Accessed October 29, 2022.
  • Hughes, S.S., S. Velednitsky, and A.A. Green. 2022. “Greenwashing in Palestine/Israel: Settler Colonialism and Environmental Injustice in the Age of Climate Catastrophe.” Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.
  • Johansson, Nils. 2022a. “Info from the Global World.” Detritus, no. 19 (June).
  • ———. 2022b. “Recycling Warning! Reconfiguring the Toxic Politics of a Circular Economy.” Sustainability Science, September.
  • Kneeland, Timothy W., ed. 2022. The Routledge History of American Science. New York: Routledge.
  • Kratzer, Armin, Laura Maria Mainetti, and Nils Unthan. 2022. “Geography of Grassroots Innovations in the Dublin Bay Biosphere Reserve.” Geoforum 136 (November): 161–72.
  • Krupar, Shiloh. 2022. “Brownfields as Climate Colonialism: Land Reuse and Development Divides.” In The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Volume I. Routledge.
  • Laser, S. 2022. “Enquiring Value through Waste. A Sociomaterial Perspective on the Creation of Value with Insights from Ethnographic Research on Electronic Waste.” Zeitschrift fur Soziologie 51 (2): 193–210.
  • Lauer, N.E., and M.B. Nowlin. 2022. “A Framework for Inland Cities to Prevent Marine Debris: A Case Study from Durham, North Carolina.” Frontiers in Marine Science 9.
  • Li, Zongrui, Chang He, Jing Yang, Tianrui Gao, Yichao Huang, and Lin Tao. 2023. “Is E-Waste a Source of Phthalate and Novel Non-Phthalate Plasticizers? A Comparison Study on Indoor Dust.” Science of The Total Environment 857 (January): 159558.
  • Lopes dos Santos, K. 2022. “Unequal Geographies of Urban Mining: E-Waste Management in London, Sao Paulo and Accra.” Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.
  • Lukasiewicz, Anna, and Tayanah O’Donnell, eds. 2022. Complex Disasters: Compounding, Cascading, and Protracted. Springer Nature.
  • Lupton, Deborah. 2022. “Socio-Spatialities and Affective Atmospheres of COVID-19: A Visual Essay.” Thesis Eleven, October, 07255136221133178.
  • MacAfee, Elizabeth. 2022. “Quantifying Quality: Practices of Drinking Water Quality Knowledge-Making in Kaolack, Senegal.” Local Environment, October, 1–14.
  • Martyn, Raewyn, and Heather Galbraith. 2022. “Re-Materialising: Considering Dominant Understandings of Value and Systems of Production within Industrial Plastics and the Plastic Arts.” Swamphen 8: 1–25.
  • McKay, Micah. 2022. “Trash, Culture, and Transdisciplinarity.” LACIS Review.
  • Minet, Laura, Zhanyun Wang, Anna Shalin, Thomas A. Bruton, Arlene Blum, Graham F. Peaslee, Heather Schwartz-Narbonne, et al. 2022. “Use and Release of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in Consumer Food Packaging in U.S. and Canada.” Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts, October.
  • Montoto-Martínez, Tania, Carmen Meléndez-Díez, Abisai Melián-Ramírez, José Joaquín Hernández-Brito, and Ma. Dolores Gelado-Caballero. 2022. “Comparison between the Traditional Manta Net and an Innovative Device for Microplastic Sampling in Surface Marine Waters.” Marine Pollution Bulletin 185 (December): 114237.
  • Moreno-Bondi, María C., X. Chris Le, Jennifer A. Field, Susan D. Richardson, Xing-Fang Li, Miriam L. Diamond, Xiangdong Li, and Paul D. Goring. 2022. “From Detection to Remediation: Analytical Science at the Forefront of Environmental Research.” ACS Omega, October.
  • Muñoz Martínez, Ysabel. 2022. “Gardening in Polluted Tropics: The Materiality of Waste and Toxicity in Olive Senior’s Caribbean Poetry.” ETropic: Electronic Journal of Studies in the Tropics 21 (2): 162–79.
  • Murphy, Michelle. 2022. “Chemical Futures and Environmental Data Justice.” UnderCurrents 21: 45–48.
  • Pilling, Matthew, Michael Stead, Adrian Gradinar, Christian Remy, and Thomas Macpherson-Pope. 2022. “Preparing to Repair:Using Co-Design and Speculative Design Methods to Explore the Future of IoT Right-to-Repair with Citizens and Communities.” In . Cumulus.
  • Polack, F., and D. Farquharson. 2021. Cold Water Oil: Offshore Petroleum Cultures. Cold Water Oil: Offshore Petroleum Cultures.
  • Postar, Stephanie, and Negar Elodie Behzadi. 2022. “‘Extractive Bodies’: A Feminist Counter-Topography of Two Extractive Landscapes.” Geoforum, October.
  • Saeed, Mohammad Sadiq, Syeda Zohra Halim, Faisal Fahd, Faisal Khan, Rehan Sadiq, and Bing Chen. 2022. “An Ecotoxicological Risk Model for the Microplastics in Arctic Waters.” Environmental Pollution 315 (December): 120417.
  • Sargsyan, Satenik. 2022. “Data Centers and Indigenous Sovereignty.” Masters, Stockholm: Södertörn University | School of Culture and Education.
  • Seidu, Fatima, and Andrea Kaifie. 2022. “The End of Informal E-Waste Recycling in Accra, Ghana?” Annals of Work Exposures and Health 66 (8): 1091–93.
  • Setälä, Outi, Jyri Tirroniemi, and Maiju Lehtiniemi. 2022. “Testing Citizen Science as a Tool for Monitoring Surface Water Microplastics.” Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 194 (12): 851.
  • Smith, Thomas S.J. 2022. “On Postcapitalist Repair.” Dialogues in Human Geography.
  • Solomon, M. 2022. “ECOLOGIES ELSEWHERE Flyness, Fill, and Black Women’s Fugitive Matter(s).” GLQ 28 (4): 567–87.
  • Stroude, Aurianne. 2022. “What If Time Was Not Money? Towards a Pluriversal Understanding of Time for Sustainable Consumption.” Consumption and Society 1 (aop): 1–17.
  • Tong, X., H. Yu, L. Han, T. Liu, L. Dong, F. Zisopoulos, B. Steuer, and M. de Jong. 2023. “Exploring Business Models for Carbon Emission Reduction via Post-Consumer Recycling Infrastructures in Beijing: An Agent-Based Modelling Approach.” Resources, Conservation and Recycling 188.
  • Usher, M. 2022. “Restoration as World-Making and Repair: A Pragmatist Agenda.” Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.
  • Viana, L.R., M. Cheriet, K.-K. Nguyen, D. Marchenko, and J.-F. Boucher. 2022. “Sending Fewer Emails Will Not Save the Planet! An Approach to Make Environmental Impacts of ICT Tangible for Canadian End Users.” Sustainable Production and Consumption 34: 453–66.
  • Villarrubia-Gómez, Patricia, Sarah Cornell, Bethanie Carney Almroth, Morten Ryberg, and Marcus Eriksen. 2022. “Plastics Pollution and the Planetary Boundaries Framework.” Ecology and Society preprint (October).
  • Walton, Jeremy F., and Çiçek İlengiz. 2022. “Introduction:  Afterlives in Objects.” Journal of Material Culture, October, 13591835221132196.
  • Ward-Paige, C. A., E. R. White, Emp Madin, G. J. Osgood, L. K. Bailes, R. L. Bateman, E. Belonje, et al. 2022. “A Framework for Mapping and Monitoring Human-Ocean Interactions in near Real-Time during COVID-19 and Beyond.” Marine Policy 140 (June): 105054.
  • Wildeboer, V., and F. Savini. 2022. “THE STATE OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY: Waste Valorization in Hong Kong and Rotterdam.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 46 (5): 749–65.



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