The Circular Economy and the Urban Metabolism

8 February 2021, 17:00 - 19:00


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Amy Zhang (New York University)


The circular economy is an approach to waste management that imagines all waste as a resource. Adopted by the Chinese state to address an emerging urban waste management crisis, the circular economy proposes to erase the distinction between waste and value, resource and toxicity in the transformation of waste matter. This paper examines the political contestations and challenges that form in response to the set of interconnected infrastructures, technology and labour practices that, in the name of the circular economy, seek to remake the metabolic relations of the city.

About the Speaker

Amy Zhang is an assistant professor of anthropology at New York University where she researches and teaches in the areas of environmental anthropology, science and technology studies, material culture and development. She is currently working on a book project on state efforts to modernise waste management infrastructures and how these attempts ground and condition the forms and limits of China’s emerging urban environmental politics.



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