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Ontologies of Waste: A Relational Study of How Waste Comes to Matter for Humans, Society, and Future

WasteMatters is funded by European Research Council (ERC). Taking into account recent calls for sustainable global futures with regard to the circular economy and the waste-as-resource paradigm, the project follows waste flows ethnographically with an aim to problematise the vibrant nature and active role of waste in our lives and society.

The research is carried out through four sub-studies across various sites in Finland and Sweden and focus especially on food waste, plastic waste, waste incineration ash, and nuclear waste.

The findings will address waste as both constitutive of society and as something that disturbs it.

Funded by the European Research Council

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