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Kathleen Stokes

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Previous education/experience

  • MA World Cities and Urban Life - Goldsmiths, University of London
  • BA (Hons) Major History, Minor Canadian Studies - University of Ottawa
  • Professional research experience at Nesta, Mashala - University of Ottawa, and House of Commons, Canada

Thesis title

Turning livelihoods to rubbish? Responsibility and labour in South African waste management.


Research details

My thesis will consider how campaigns and initiatives promoting community responsibility for waste management affect frontline workers’ livelihoods in South African cities.

This research will contribute to the ESRC-DFID funded project Turning livelihoods to rubbish?, which examines global trends in waste management that are reducing access to the livelihoods generated from waste for the urban poor.

Research interests

  • Urban political ecology
  • Urban infrastructure
  • Waste geographies
  • Labourer livelihoods

Recent publications

  • Waste management in Cape Town: Understanding responsibility and labour. 5 October 2016.  Situated Ecologies blog.