15 December 2017

Marine Plastic Pollution: The Discovery of an Environmental Problem




Johanna and Carolin have published an article in the special issue “Seas and Oceans” of Aus Politik- und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ) discussing how science has discovered the phenomenon of garbage patches in the oceans and how microplastics are negotiated at the interface of science and society.

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23 November 2017

Understanding the Risks of Microplastics – now published




The diagnosis that we are living in a world-risk society formulated by Ulrich Beck twenty years ago (Beck 1996) has lost nothing of its power, especially against the background of the Anthropocene debate. “Global risks” have been identified which are caused by human activities, technology and modernization processes. Microplastics are a byproduct of exactly these modernization processes, being distributed globally by physical processes like ocean currents, and causing effects far from their place of origin.

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13 April 2017

How Packaging Bridges Production and Consumption (4)




in Globalized Food Supply Systems – Social Dimension (4). In the last two weeks I spoke about the spatial and temporal differentiation of modern food supply systems. Now I will turn to the social consequence of this differentiation.

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5 April 2017

How Packaging Bridges Production and Consumption (3)




in Globalized Food Supply Systems – Temporal Dimension (3). In 21st century food markets, the differentiation of production and consumption practices is not only spatial but also temporal.

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29 March 2017

How Packaging Bridges Production and Consumption (2)




in Globalized Food Supply Systems – Spatial Dimension (2). Industrial food supply is characterized by globalized markets and increasing food miles. Modern supermarkets provide foods from all over the world, all year long. As these foods need to be transported, increasing physical distance generates need for technical solutions to ensure safe transportation of fragile goods. Packaging is central to many of these transportation practices. 

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22 March 2017

How Packaging Bridges Production and Consumption (1) Overview




 in Globalized Food Supply Systems – An Overview (1). Is packaging the central connecting device in globalized food networks? This four-part essay will discuss how packaging based practices construct spatial, temporal and social bridges in differentiated food chains.

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31 January 2017

Interview in Technology Review




Carolin Völker, PlastX co-leader, in the interview with Technology Review about microplastics.

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18 October 2016

PlastX-Workshop at the Convention on Environmental Sociology




What role does sociology play in research about social-ecological transformations? The 13th convention of the junior group “Environmental Sociology” (NGU) took place in Münster this year and PlastX featured a two-hour workshop.

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10 September 2016

PlastX Scientists at the SETAC Conference




As every year, at the beginning of September, it was time for the annual meeting of the SETAC GLB (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry).

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