Jamie BaxterWestern Social Science

Geographies of Waste: Theories, Policies and Practices


The Advance Studies courses are for grad students to explore their sub-discipline more thoroughly than is possible in any of our "General" courses.  This is commonly called a "readings course", is typically conducted one-on-one, and for the purposes of a meaningful transcript, a sub-title is applied based on the sub-discipline or topic   Thus, examples of sub-titles are as follows:


Each week the student(s) and I will decide on 2-3 relevant readings.  We will meet in my office or a small meeting room to discuss the readings.  I expect the student(s) to lead the discussion by providing a critical appraisal of what they read which includes connecting each new reading with readings that we have already covered in the course.  This may be considered a first step towards writing a literature review for the course topic/sub-discipline.

Contact Information

Instructor/TA Room Email
Jamie Baxter SSC 1407 jamie.baxter@uwo.ca


  Weight Assigned Due
Paper 1: 60% TBA TBA
Participation 40%    


Bulkely H. and Gregson N. (2009) Crossing the threshold: Municipal waste policy and household waste generation,Environment and Planning A, 41: 929-945.

Bull R.,Petts J., and Evans J. (2010) The importance of context for effective public engagement: Learning from the governance of waste, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 53(8):  991-1009.

Chappells, H. and Shove E. (1999) The dustbin: A study of domestic waste, household practices and utility services, International Planning Studies,: 4(2): 267-280.

Davies A. (2005) Incineration politics and the geographies of waste governance: A burning issue for Ireland, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 23: 375-397.

Davoudi S. and Evans N. (2005) The challenge of governance in regional waste planning, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 23: 493-517.

Devine-Wright P. (2009) Rethinking NIMBYism: The role of place attachment and place identity in explaining place-protective action, Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 19: 426-441.

Frow J. (2003) Invidious distinction: Waste, difference, and classy stuff, in Hawkins G. and Muecke S. (Eds.) Culture and Waste: The Creation and Destruction of Value, London: Rowman and Littlefield. 

Gille, Z. (2010) Actor networks, modes of production, and waste regimes: Reassembling the macro-social, Environment and Planning A, 42: 1049-1064. 

Gregson N., Metcalfe A. and Crewe L. (2007) Identity, mobility, and the throwaway society, Environment and Planning D, 25: 682-700.

Hawkins, G. (2001) Plastic bags: Living with rubbish, International Journal of Cultural Studies, 4(1): 5-23.

Lepawsky J. and McNabb C. (2010) Mapping international flows of electronic waste, The Canadian Geographer, 54(2): 177-195.

O'Brien M. (1999) Rubbish values: Reflections on the political economy of waste, Science as Culture, 8(3): 269-295.

Parizeau K., Maclaren V. and Chanthy L. (2006) Waste characterization as an element of waste management planning: Lessions learned from a study of Siem Reap, Cambodia, Resources Conservation and Recycling: 49: 110-128.

Petts J. (1995) Waste management strategy development: A case study of community involvement and consensus-building in Hampshire, , 38(4): 519-536.

Whitson, R. (2011) Negotiating place and value: Geographies of waste and scanvenging in Buenos Aires, Antipode, (online).

Wilson E., McDougall F. and Willmore J. (2001) Euro-trash: Searching Europe for a more sustainable approach to waste management, Resources Conservatiuon and Recycling, 31: 327-346.

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