AnthoTox is a new cross-disciplinary platform under the University of Oslo’s Life Science initiative, linking Social Anthropology and the Institutes of Bioscience, of Health and Society and the Center for Technology, Innovation and Culture.

It engages social anthropology, STS, history, environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology to understand and manage global human-made toxicants and their origins, trajectories and effects - biological, social, cultural, economic, political, ethical. AnthroTox focuses initially on electronic waste and associated persistent organic pollutants in East Africa. Other world regions and pollution problems will become subjects for new projects, broadening AnthroTox’ scope.

The four social anthropology PhD projects will be developed with the project team, focusing on the following nodes and connections between them:

  • industry, waste import, disposal and recycling, informal waste economies, exposure and risk
  • national regulation, local monitoring and mitigation, local toxicology capacity, international policy
  • local and global activisms, political controversies, North-South and South-South activist and regulatory collaboration
  • food production, trade and export, food consumption, and related public debates.

Applicants should hold a 2-year Master’s degree or equivalent, in social anthropology; other degrees in related disciplines can be considered.

Deadline: August 30.

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