Tag Archives: Environment

Words, Spirits and History: A review of Gilbert Rist’s The History of Development

I was looking through my computer earlier today and I discovered a review I wrote during my first weeks as a Masters in Development Studies student at Uppsala in Sweden. The first thing those guys did was to encourage us to question the whole idea of development by making us read Gilbert Rist’s The History… Read More »

3 Doctoral Scholarships on West Africa

Just got this in the mail: Stipendium: 3 doctoral scholarships (Bonn) in research project on land use and climate change adaptation/ West Africa The three doctoral candidates will work on the following research subjects: 1. Historical relations between demography and land use in West Africa 2. Decision‐making within rural households in West Africa 3. The… Read More »

Recycling Indian Clothing: Global Contexts of Reuse and Value

… is the title of a new book by Lucy Norris of the Department of Anthropology, University College, London. The blurb: In today’s globally connected marketplace, a wedding sari in rural north India may become a woman’s blouse or cushion cover in a Western boutique. Lucy Norris’s anthropological study of the recycling of clothes in Delhi… Read More »

Nigeria’s oil spill agonies dwarfs the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

… more oil is spilled from the [Niger] delta’s network of terminals, pipes, pumping stations and oil platforms every year than has been lost in the Gulf of Mexico, the site of a major ecological catastrophe caused by oil that has poured from a leak triggered by the explosion that wrecked BP‘s Deepwater Horizon rig last… Read More »

Workshop: Recycling Textile Technologies

If you are in London on June 14 and you are interested in textile recycling, see the announcement below. I will be making a presentation on Igbo trade networks and secondhand clothing RECYCLING TEXTILE TECHNOLOGIES A one-day workshop from 9am to 5pm, on June 14th 2010 To be held at the Pearson North Lecture Theatre,… Read More »

Where does Europe’s waste go?

From New York Times: Exporting waste illegally to poor countries has become a vast and growing international business, as companies try to minimize the costs of new environmental laws, like those here, that tax waste or require that it be recycled or otherwise disposed of in an environmentally responsible way. Rotterdam, the busiest port in Europe,… Read More »