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Wednesday, 14th June

18.00-22.00 Informal dinner/drinks for early arrivals* – Boot and Shoe


Thursday, 15th June

09.30-12.00 PhD/Postgraduate workshop
LUMS, LT16                                                                                          Convenors: Hervé Corvellec, María José Zapata Campos, Patrik Zapata & Alison Stowell
12.00-14.00 Registration and Lunch
LUMS Reception Area and Breakout LT2 & 3
13.45-14.25 Welcome to Lancaster University Management School, OTB3, PhD workshop input
Katy Mason, Alison Stowell, María José Zapata Campos
14.25-14.55 Introductory keynote: Professor Josh Lepawsky (online)                      “Scale, magnitude, indeterminacy: some ways they matter for acting on ‘the bin’”
Convenor: Jutta Gutberlet
Fraction 1
LUMS, LT01      Support, Sam Cusworth
Fraction 2
LUMS, LT14                      Support, Victoria Frausin
Fraction 3
LUMS, LT16          Support, Mark Ryan
15.10-16.25 Theory (I): Temporality

Plastic temporalities and the materiality of connection on Christmas Island.
Saskia Abrahms-Kavuneko, Copenhagen University

From thin to thick relations with objects and materials: Constituting subjectivity through new foldings.         Taru Lehtokunnas, Elina Närvänen, Tampere University

Tracing household waste: A practice theoretical approach.
Ulla-Maija Sutinen, Tampere University




Convenor: Mathieu Durand

Governance (I): Circular Economy 1

Comparative governance analysis of approaches to the circular economy in Ireland and Wales.
Megan O’Byrne, Cardiff University

Circular Circuits: Ways to make electronics production and consumption more sustainable in Europe.
Magdolna Molnár, Brandenburg Technical University.

Thinking with organic waste in place: Diverse economies, design and periurban futures in Sydney, Australia.
Stephen Healy & Abby Mellick Lopes, Western Sydney






Convenor: Lucy Wishart

Behaviour/Practice (I): Households

Boundary mechanisms: responsibilities, fractures, and opportunities in multi-unit waste development.
Bhavan Middha & Ralph Horne, RMIT University

“Don’t blame us!’ Centring the role of the household in plastic recycling policy.
Helen Holmes & Torik Holmes, Manchester University

A taste for waste: Situating unsustainable consumption within practices & social structures.
Alex Skandalis et al, Lancaster University

Convenor: Patrik Zapata

16.25-17.00 Coffee/tea break and Waste safari instructions
John Xavier, María José Zapata Campos, Marta Ferri
LUMS Breakout LT2 & 3
Fraction 1
LUMS, LT01                Support, Sam Cusworth
Fraction 2
LUMS, LT14                                    Support, Victoria Frausin
Fraction 3
LUMS, LT16    Support, Mark Ryan
17.15-18.30 Theory (II): More than humans/multispecies post huma

Knowing-with plastics: How to deal with inorganic waste materialities in more-than-human ethnography.
Alma Onali, Tampere University

The place of waste in the material factory of the Fab City. Biowastes and urban craftmanship in the Poblenou District, Barcelona.
Solene Tixadou & Cyria Emelianoff, Le Mans University

Wasting Trajectories and Ecologies in the Venetian Aquapelago.
Francesca Guarnotta & Giovanni Lorenzi, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Convenor: Alex Skandalis

Governance (II): Circular Economy 2

Leaks at the sewage seams
Linus Ekman Burgman, Linköpings University

The future of plastics and circular economy contexts
Marta Ferri, Lancaster University

Waste into wellbeing: The value of food in transition.
Lenka Brunclikova & Duncan Pollard, Lancaster University

Convenor: Sarah Surak

Behaviour/Practice (II): Industries

Since when does waste matter? Decision making in the real estate sector.
Louise Huba, Stephanie Van de Voorde, Ine wouters, Linoel Billet, Michael Ghyoot, Vrije Universiteit Brussels

Understanding latent tensions in a circular fashion business model.
Mark Ryan, Lancaster University

Plastic packaging waste reduction in food supply chains: The role of supply chain stakeholders.
Ghadafi Razak et al, Lancaster University

Convenor: María José Zapata Campos

18.40-21.00 Dinner (pop-up) with the Larder – Kay Johnson MBE
Furness Quad


Friday, 16th June

09.00-09.35 Keynote Speaker: Blanca Callén Moreu                                                          “Learning from repair communities: what (electronic) waste can teach design”
Convenor: Alison Stowell
Room – LUMS, LT01
Fraction 1
LUMS, LT01      Support, Sam Cusworth
Fraction 2
LUMS, LT14                  Support, Victoria Frausin
Fraction 3
LUMS, LT16            Support, Mark Ryan
Fraction 4
LUMS, LT03 Support, Alison Stowell
09.45-11.00 Theory (III): In circulation

Waste in circulation.
Stefan Laser, Sven Bergmann, Nicolas Schlitz, Yusif Idies, University Bochum

Beyond micro & macro: a multi-scalar approach to studying waste.
Stylianos Zavos & Olli Pyyhtinen, Tampere University

Re-opening the circle: an interdisciplinary detour into circularity.
Andrea Bortolotti & Dario Minervini, Polytechnic of Milano & University Fedreico II Napoli

Convenor: Nicolas Schlitz & Yusif Idies

Governance (III): Policies 1

Garbage-free cities as the new normal in India. (online)
Devika Ganesan & Prathibha Ganesan, Administrative Staff College

Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) for youth engagement towards zero waste transition in Brazil.
Carolina Monteiro de Carvalho & Jutta Gutberlet, University Sae Paulo & University of Victoria

Governance practices of the grassroots initiatives involved in solid waste management: Does collaboration with local government matter?
Goodluck Charles Urassa
University of Dar es Salaam Business School

Convenor              Patrik Zapata

Behaviour/Practice (III): Labour

Guns, gangs, and metal: Transformations across Beirut’s infrastructures.
Elizabeth Saleh, AUB

Mapping waste labour in domestic spaces: Interrogating the politics of waste work in urban Kolkata, India. (online)
Rageshree Bhattacharyya, South Asian Delhi

Unvalued and Unseen: Highlighting forgotten histories and contemporary realities of night soil workers.
Sally Cawood & Pratik Mishra, Lancaster University



Convenor       María José Zapata Campos

Management (I): Reuse

Reusing façade components as a collective endeavour: identifying collaboration structures in pioneering projects.
Ruben Van Vooren & Esther Geboes, VRIJE University of Brussels

Soft toys are hard work: reuse and recycling through UK charity shops.
Violet Broadhead, Bristol University

Labour of Pre-Loved: Promoting Reuse in a Linear Retail System.
Lucy Wishart et al, St Andrews

Convenor: Clare Mumford

11.00-11.30 Coffee/tea break
LUMS, Breakout LT2 & 3
11.30-12.45 Fraction 1
LUMS, LT01                                  Support, Sam Cusworth
Fraction 2
LUMS, LT14 Support, Victoria Frausin
Fraction 4
LUMS, LT03 Supoort, Mark Ryan
Theory (IV): Critique

Waste as a posthumanist critique.
Olli Pyyhtinen, Alma Onali, Ulla-Maija Sutinen, Niina Uusitalo, Stylianos Zavos,Tampere University

Waste as a resource? A critique of a heroic efficacy.
Hervé Corvellec, Lund University

Wasting generously. From a circular to a digestive logic.Lis
Doeland, Radbound University

Convenor: Alison Stowell

Governance (IV): Policies 2

Managing waste during the COVID crisis: tensions between hygienic and environmental objectives.
Mathieu Durand, Rebecca Oates & Helene Beraud, University of France & University Gustave Eiffel.

Consumer’s perspectives and disposition patterns of e-Waste: A study with reference to the legislative regime in India*.
Dolly Singh, Banaras Hindu University

Financing solid waste management in Tanzania: Benchmarking to international best practices
Mesia ILomo & Goodluck Charles, University of Dar es Salaam Business School.

Convenor: Blanca Callen

Management (II): Recycling 1

Polyphony or cacophony? Exploring multiple stakeholder values and situated dialogues within the process of polymer recycling.
Clare Mumford et al, Lancaster University.

Fly tipping as a question of responsibility in highly regulated waste management systems.
Julia Perczel & Helen Holme, University Manchester

Recyclers and recycled: path and challenges across the continents.
Francisco Suarez, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento

Convenor: Lucy Wishart

12.45-13.45 Lunch
LUMS, Breakout LT2 & 3
13.45-14.15 Keynote speaker: Patrik Zapata                                                                      “Local governments and waste – an elephantine problem, assumptions, and collaborative dreams”
Convenor: Hervé Corvellec (Room: LUMS, LT01)
14.15-15.00 Panel 1. Ocean Plastics: Practice, research, and policy

Panellists: John Xavier, Lauren Munro-Bennett, Alexandra Harrington, Crispin Halsall
Convenor: Marta Ferri
Room – LUMS, LT01

Fraction 1 
LUMS, LT01 Support, Sam Cusworth
Fraction 2
LUMS, LT14      Support, Victoria Frausin
Fraction 4
LUMS, LT03 Support, Mark Ryan
Fraction 5
LUMS, LT16  Support, Alison Stowell
15.15-16.30 Theory (V): Ethics and Environmental Justice

Waste as a disruption to unitary understandings of environmental justice (online).
Wang Kun, Guangzhou Institute of Geography

Interrogating the ‘ideological position’ of Clean India Mission
Avinay Yadav, University of London

Grassroots greening: Local Composting as fertile ground for waste diversion while challenging the environmental injustice.
Sarah Surak, Salisbury University

Convenor: Lenka Brunclikova

Governance (V): Stakeholder Dynamics

Waste as commons, towards a sustainable and just society within planetary boundaries.
Patrik Zapata & María José Zapata Campos, University of Gothenburg

‘Every small action helps towards the greater cause’: Online communities scaling up community-led citizen science in addressing litter challenges in Scotland.
Noleen Chikowore, St Andrews University

Network of disaster waste management stakeholders: a case of the Roya Valley (South France) after storm Alex.
Gaïa Marchesini & Helene Beraud, University Gustave Eiffel



Convenor: Ghadafi Razak

Management (II): Recycling 2

Branded waste: Teijin and the closed-loop recycling of polyester.
Katarzyna Cwiertka, Leiden University

Evolution of material salvage in demolition practices: A preliminary study on shifting trends in twentieth-century Brussels – Lara Reyniers, Stephanie Van de Voorde & Ine Wouters, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Strategies for persistence under the absence of the rule of law: Learning from local recycling practices in the context of Lebanon.
Rita Nasr, Henley Business School





Convenor: Divya Joyti

Epistemologies (I): Framing & Methods 1

What do landfills teach us?
Daniel Sosna, Institute of Ethnology – Czech Academy of Sciences

Knowing Styrofoam: Exploring the epistemology of a hyperobject.
Niina Uusitalo, Tampere University

Waste Society: Living with material overflows.
Teemu Loikkanen, University of Lapland





Convenor: Hervé Corvellec

16.30-17.00 Coffee/tea break
LUMS Breakout LT2 & 3
17.00-18.00 Coach departs for Lancaster city centre and waste safari walk (please do not be late)
Convenor: Marta Ferri, John Xavier, María José Zapata Campos
18.30-21.30 Dinner
Kings Arms, Lancaster city centre – (coach returns to Campus at 21:30 hrs)


Saturday, 17th June

09.00-09.35 Keynote Speaker – Trisia Farrelly (online)                               “Ending plastic pollution and waste colonialism? Reflections on global plastics treaty negotiation”                        Convenor: Dr Alison Stowell                                           LUMS, LT01
Fraction 2
LUMS, LT01                         Support, Victoria Frausin
Fraction 5
LUMS, LT16                    Support, Mark Ryan
09.45-11.00 Governance (VI): Working conditions

Political (in)visibilities of waste infrastructure: An understanding through breakdowns and contestations.
Advita Rajendra & Ankur Sarin, Indian Institute of Management

“Treated like trash…?” – how management scholarship calls out the marginalisation of people in factories in the practice of codes of conduct but fails to address it in its own research.
Divya Jyoti, Lancaster University

Public discontent: Mobilizing community resources against ExxonMobil’s oil and gas waste disposal at Haags Bosch sanitary landfill in Guyana. (online)
Kesha Fevrier, Queens University

Convenor: Marta Ferri

Epistemologies (II): Framing & Methods 2

Value in architecture: Designing with waste.
Simone Ferracina, Edinburgh University

Away from downstream waste management approaches: The heuristics of the metabolic perspective.(online)
Jeremie Cave & Yann-Philippe Sustainability Sciences, GET/IRD & Anthropology, LISST/CNRS

Sea PET 2150 Scenario bricolage: Participatory plastic waste eco-aesthetics and urban graphic objects.
Katarina Dimitrijevic & Robert Harland, Loughborough University

Convenor: Patrik Zapata

11.00-11.30 Coffee/tea break
LUMS, Breakout LT2 & 3
11.30-12.05 Keynote speaker: Manisha Anantharaman (online)                   “Recycling Class -The contradictions of inclusion in urban sustainability”
Convenor: Lucy Wishart
12.05-12.50 Panel 2. Waste work: Policy, research, and practice

Panellists: Patrick O’Hare, Michael Rendon, María José Zapata Campos
Convenor: Lucy Wishart

12.50-13.35 Fraction themes feedback, Waste Safari winners, closing of conference, next steps
Mngt School LT01
13.35-14.15 Lunch
Mngt School Breakout 2 & 3
14.45-17.45 Field Trip: RELIC
18.30 Informal dinner* Greaves Park Hotel


Sunday 18 June

TBC Day/Afternoon social for remaining OTBers*


*not included in conference fee