WaSTE (Waste and Science, Technology & Environment) is an interdisciplinary research hub based at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Whether we are studying arsenic from mining waste in the far north, electronic waste in outer space, or plastic pollution in oceans and bodies, we critically examine the confluence of social and material “matters of concern” as they pertain to waste, broadly defined, using theories and methods from Science and Technology Studies (STS).
Plastics are in every ocean in the world. Most of them are smaller than 5mm in size and are being ingested by plankton, fish, and seals, among many other marine animals. Tiny plastics have even been found circulating in the blood of mussels. How can we do research in environments suffering from pollution that is … Continue reading Participatory Citizen Science on Marine Plastic: Action-based Research for the Anthropocene
How does waste feature in the world’s fishing industry? Wasted fish, in the fish industry, is called by-catch. By-catch is the term used to describe fish that are caught and often discarded (but not always). It is fish that harvesters are not allowed to catch for licencing reasons, or fish that cannot be sold for … Continue reading Wasted Fish
Reassembling Rubbish is an examination of the issue of electronic discards (‘e-waste’). The research questions driving the project include: What is the ‘right’ thing to do with e-waste? Where, how, and under what conditions should electronics be recycled? How might a better understanding of the knowledge, skills, and creativity of workers in foreign markets, who … Continue reading Reassembling Rubbish