- Dr Patrick O’Hare
Department of Social Anthropology – School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies
The project ‘Transforming Plastic into Solidarity: Ethical Vertical Integration and Binational Recycling’ is a 4 + 3-year UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF) led by Dr Patrick O’Hare. It investigates the confluence of circular and social economies in Uruguay and Argentina, focussing on the recycled plastics trade and new legal frameworks that enables cooperatives to take leading roles in the recovery, recycling, and development of new products from post-consumer and post-industrial plastics. Specifically, Patrick is conducting fieldwork with a recycling chain that connects waste-picker collectives and recycled plastic pellet and board cooperatives. More broadly, the research project explores theories of innovation and circular economy from below, and the capacity of theorisations of the circular economy to incorporate elements of equity and social justice.
Photography: Patrick O’Hare