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Grassroots for Sustainability

Research group
Pågående forskning
Project period
2017 - ongoing
Project owner
María José Zapata Campos, Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)

Short description

The research group Grassroots for Sustainability explore how grassroots networks, initiatives and practices, initiatives, networks and practices promote grassroots resilience, and contribute to reduce both the adverse impact of cities on climate and environmental change on community, city and societal levels.

Projects

Participatory innovation videos for an inclusive and sustainable waste management (Patrik Zapata and María José Zapata Campos (GU), Communicators Ulrika Naezer and John Chweya; researchers Jutta Gutberlet, Sebastián Carenzo, Michael Oloko and Goodluck Charles

Financed by FORMAS, 1,75 mSEK. (2020-2022)

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Recycling networks – grassroots resilience tackling climate, environmental and poverty challenges, Maria José Zapata (head of project, Patrik Zapata, School of Public Administration (GU), Jaan-Henrik Kain, Chalmers, Michael O. Oloko, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Uuniversity of science and technology, Kisumu, Kenya, Jessica Perez Reynosa, Universidad centroamericana de Nicaragua i Managua, Goodluck Charles, University of Dar es Salaam i Tanzania, Sebastián Carenzo, University of Buenos Aires i Argentina och Jutta Gutberlet, University of Victoria i Kanada. Financed by the Swedish Research Council: 5,4 mSEK.

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The Recycling Networks & Waste Governance Conference in Dar es Salaam 2019
The International Recycling Networks & Waste Governance Conference in Dar es Salaam 2019

Compact cities and informal settlements - Exploring qualities, drivers and strategies for promoting sustainable urban development, María José Zapata, GRI GU (head of project), Jaan-Henrik Kain, and Jenny Stenberg, Chalmers University, and Michael Oloko, University of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga in Kisumu, Kenya, Patrik Zapata, GU, financed by Formas, 3 mSEK.

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María José Zapata Campos, Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)
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Grassroots initiatives, institutional entrepreneurship and inclusive urban governance: transforming the city from below María José Zapata, GRI GU (head of project), Jaan-Henrik Kain, Chalmers University, Michael Oloko, University of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga in Kisumu, Kenya, Patrik Zapata GU, financed by ICLD.se

Combating poverty and building democracy through the co-production of participatory waste management services. The case of Kisumu, Kenya, María José Zapata, GRI GU (head of project), Jaan-Henrik Kain, Chalmers University, and Michael Oloko, University of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga in Kisumu, Kenya, Patrik Zapata, GU. Financed by ICLD.se, 1,7 mSEK.

Improving basic urban services in informal settlements - Linking waste research in global South cities (Patrik Zapata GU head of project), with Jutta Gutberlet (Sao Paolo University,Brazil and Victoria University, Canada), Michael Oloko (University of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga in Kisumu, Kenya), and María José Zapata Campos (GRI, GU), 0.7 mSEK.

 

Research Team

Jutta Gutberlet, Professor in Geography, University of Victoria, Canada, and Federal University of the ABC Region in São Paulo, Brazil
Jaan-Henrik Kain, Professor in Urban Transformation. Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
Michael O. Oloko, Senior lecturer in Environmental Engineering. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology Kisumu, Kenya.
Goodluck Charles, Coordinator of Centre for Policy Research and Advocacy at the University of Dar es Salaam Business School, Tanzania.
Jessica Pérez Reynosa, Associate professor in Business Administration, University of Central America, Nicaragua.
Patrik Zapata, Professor in Public Administration, School of
Public Administration, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Sebastián Carenzo, researcher at CONICET; senior lecturer at the Institute for the Study of Science and Technology, National University of Quilmes, Argentina.
María José Zapata, sociologist, Associate professor in Business
Administration, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, project leader.

Publications

Articles in scientific journals:

Gutberlet, J (2021) Grassroots waste picker organizations addressing the UN sustainable development goals, World Development, online first

Zapata Campos MJ, Carenzo S, Kain J-H, Oloko M, Reynosa JP, Zapata P (2020) Inclusive recycling movements: a green deep democracy from below. Environment and Urbanization, online first. doi:10.1177/0956247820967621 

Charles, G (2019) Sustainability of Social Enterprises Involved in Waste Collection and Recycling Activities: Lessons from Tanzania, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, DOI: 10.1080/19420676.2019.1686712 

Carenzo, S. and M. Schmuckler (2018) Hacia una ontología política del diseño cartonero: reflexiones etnográficas a partir de la experiencia de la cooperativa Reciclando Sueños (La Matanza, Argentina). Inmaterial. Diseño, arte y sociedad, Vol. 3(5): 53-80.

Sobral Santos, M.L. & Gutberlet, J. (2018) Transformando relações entre sociedade e resíduos. Caderno Diálogos Socioambientais na Macrometrópole, nº1 (Dez.): 30-37. 

Gutberlet, J. & Uddin, S. M. N. (2018) Household waste and health risks affecting waste pickers and the environment in low- and middle-income countries. Int J of Occupational and Environmental Health

Uddin, S. M. N. & Gutberlet, J. (2018) Livelihoods and health status of informal recyclers in Mongolia. Resources, Conservation & Recycling 134: 1–9.

Gutberlet, J. Kain, J.H., Nyakinya, B, Oloko, M., Zapata, P., Zapata Campos, M.J. (2017) Bridging Weak Links of Solid Waste Management in Informal Settlements, Journal of Environment & Development, 2017, Vol. 26(1) 106–131

Gutberlet, J.; Carenzo, S.; Kain, J-H.; & de Azevedo, A. M. M. (2017) Waste Picker Organizations and Their Contribution to the Circular Economy: Two Case Studies from a Global South Perspective. Resources 6 (52): 1-12.

Carenzo, S. (2017) Invisibilized creativity: Sociogenesis of an “innovation” process developed by "cartoneros" for post-consumption waste recycling. International Journal on Engineering, Social Justice and Peace (IJESJP), 5(1-2), 30-49. 

Book chapters
Carenzo, S. 2017. “Fétichismes de la matière jetée: une économie morale de la gestion des déchets dans la région métropolitaine de Buenos Aires, Argentine”. In: Anstett, E. y N. Ortar (Eds). Jeux de pouvoir dans nos poubelles. Économies morales et politiques du recyclage au tournant du XXIe siècle. Paris: Ed. Petra. ISBN 978-284-743-172-8

Gutberlet, J. (2018). Waste in the City: Challenges and Opportunities for Urban Agglomerations, Urban Agglomeration, (Ed.), InTech, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.72047. 

Reports
- Kain, JH, Oloko, M, Zapata, P, Zapata, MJ (2017) Co-production of Waste Management Services in Informal Settlements. Swedish Research Center for Local Democracy. ICLD: Malmö. ISBN 978-91-86725-24-2 https://www.icld.se/projekt/kc-kain-j-oloko-m-zapata-p-zapata-m-2017-co-production-of-services-in-informal-settlements
Inclusive Waste governance and Grassroots Innovations for Social, Environmental and Economic Change, Göteborg: University of Gothenburg & Victoria University ISBN 978-91-984547-3-4 http://www.wiego.org/reports/inclusive-waste-governance-and-grassroots-innovations-social-environmental-and-economic-chan

Conference papers
Acevedo, A. Carenzo, S., Goodluck, C., Gutberlet, J., Kain, J.H., Oloko, M., Pérez Reynosa, J., Zapata, P., Zapata Campos, M.J., ‘Waste picker organisations and grassroots innovation movements’, Development Research Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 22-23th August 2018.

Carenzo, S., Goodluck, C., Gutberlet, J., Kain, J.H., Oloko, M., Pérez Reynosa, J., Zapata, P., Zapata Campos, M.J. Recycling networks. ‘Grassroots resilience tackling climate, environmental and poverty challenges’, Latin American European Organisation Studies Conference, Buenos Aires, 22-24th March 2018.

Carenzo, S. 2018. The B side of social innovation. Grassroots technologies development and waste picker cooperatives in Greater Buenos Aires (Argentina), 7th Social & Technology Studies Italia Conference, Padova (Italy), June 14-16th.

Carenzo, S. 2018. Del “reciclador permitido” a una “economía circular desde abajo”: escenarios y desafíos. Seminario “Promoviendo la incorporación de los Recicladores de Base (RB) como Gestores de Residuos”, organizado por la Fundación “La Ciudad Posible”, Fundación “Tierra Viva” y el Movimiento Nacional de Recicladores de Base de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Jueves 2 de agosto 2018.

Gutberlet, J. & Carenzo, S. Waste pickers at the heart of the circular economy: a perspective from the Global South. SUM2018 Symposium on Urban Mining in Bergamo, Italy (21. – 24.05.2018)

SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS 
Organized by the Recycling Networks and/or Waste Governance project:

II International Recycling Networks & Waste Governance Conference, 29th April – 5th May 2019, in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar in Tanzania

International Conference ‘Recycling Networks & Waste Governance’, Kisumu, Kenya 23th-28th April 2018

International Workshop “Innovación e Inclusión para una Economía Circular de los residuos”, Buenos Aires, October 12th 2018.

Workshop (Re)thinking Circular Economy “from below”, proposed and accepted to be included in the Academic Symposium Circular Economy Disruptions – Past, Present and Future, University of Exeter, UK - June 17 - 19th 2018. Coordinators: Sebastián Carenzo and Lucas Becerra - The Institute for Science and Technology Studies, National University of Quilmes (IESCT-UNQ), Argentina.

International Workshop “La linealidad del círculo: (re)pensando dinámicas tecno-cognitivas para el desarrollo inclusivo sustentable en la Economía Circular”, Buenos Aires, November 14th 2017.

Attended
Pérez-Reynosa, J. H. November 2019, Rio de Janeiro, “Recycling movements, resistance and the urban commons. Stories from the resilient community La Chureca”, paper presented in poster session at 22nd TWAS LACREP young scientist conference and 1st TYAN regional conference for Latin America and Caribbean region.

Pérez-Reynosa, J. H. October 2019, Managua, “Redes de reciclaje. La resiliencia de base abordando los desafíos del clima, el medio ambiente y la pobreza (Caso Managua, Nicaragua)”, research project presented at IV Congreso Nacional: La educación superior nicaraguense innovando y aprendiendo para el desarrollo sostenible.

Zapata Campos, M.J. 28 September 2018, Paris, "Infiltrating urban commoning practices in city policy-making, experiences from Managua and Göteborg”, paper presented at BISCOTE International Workshop" “Urban Commons and Territorial Development” http://www.urbanisme-puca.gouv.fr/projet-biscote-biens-communs-et-territoire-communs-a1491.html

Carenzo, S. 8-11 January 2019, Bonn, Germany.
“Grassroot innovations and waste management: developing a holistic perspective from the global South”, speech presented at the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik -DIE).

Carenzo, S. 15 September 2017, Lyon, France.
“L’économie circulaire des déchets”, paper presented at the Atelier “Deuxième vie des objets”, Institut des Sciences de l'Homme

Carenzo, S. 8 février 2017. Paris, France
“Défis pour une ethnographie collaborative dans des secteurs populaires: vendedores ambulantes [vendeurs ambulants] et recuperadores de residuos [ramasseurs de déchets] à Buenos Aires”, paper co-authored with M.I. Fernandez Alvarez, presented at Atelier d'ethnographie de la maison Archéologie & Ethnologie, René-Ginouvès, Université Paris Nanterrre, mercredi 8 février 2017.

Gutberlet, J. I Simpósio Internacional do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem, VIII Encontro da Rede/Roda de Pesquisa-ação Participativa, Maringá, 7.12.2018. A universidade e o seu compromisso com transformações socioambientais face às mudanças climáticas: Avanços e desafios

Gutberlet, J. Taller Innovación e Inclusión para uma Economía Circular de los Resíduos. La Matanza, Provincia de Buenos Aires, 12.10.2018. Modelos de gobernanza de los residuos e inclusión social en el Sur global.

Gutberlet, J. III Simpósio do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Estudos de Cultura e Território, I Seminário Internacional do Programa de Pós-Graduação dm Estudos de Cultura e Território, Araguaína, Tocantins, 11.09.2018. Pesquisa-ação e participação universitária nas transformações socioambientais: Teoría e prática da experiência do trabalho com catadores de materiais recicláveis

Gutberlet, J. Desafíos metodológicos del hacer con cartoneros y recuperadores desde espacios universitarios, públicos y comunitarios. Workshop: Experiencias de Investigación acción con cartoneros en Brasil y Canadá. University of Buenos Aires, 5 de Julio 2017

Presentations
Gutberlet, J. Grassroots social innovations changing narratives on waste: Research with waste pickers. LMU-University of München, Germany, 2.7.2018.

Gutberlet, J. Waste pickers challenging the current Circular Economy: A Global South perspective. LARG – UVic, 21.02.2018.

Gutberlet, J. Livelihoods and health status of waste pickers in Dhaka, Bangladesh. CAPI- Research Talks, UVic, 1.3.2018.

Gutberlet, J. Experiências de pesquisa-ação de resíduos sólidos em diferentes países e o potencial de participação universitária nas transformações socioambientais. Fundação Santo André, Brazil, 08.06.2017.

SUPERVISED THESIS (Bachelor, Master, PhD)
Victoria Rice and Johan Knape, School of Business, Economics & Law, master thesis in Innovation and Industrial Management Program, ‘Grassroots innovations in waste management, the case of ZanRec in Zanzibar’, December 2018 – May 2019. Supervised by Goodluck Charles and María José Zapata Campos

Dare Sholanke, Department of Geography, UVic. MA Thesis: Municipal solid waste governance in Vancouver and Montreal: specific focus on beverage container recycling. Supervised by Gutberlet, J. 2018

Maryellen Silva De Mesquita, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Políticas Públicas, Universidade Federal do Abc. MA Thesis: Política Nacional de Resíduos Sólidos, transições em regimes tecnológicos e a trajetória da Rede de Cooperativas de Catadores do Grande ABC (Coopcent ABC). Orientador: Adalberto Mantovani Martiniano de Azevedo; Committee member: Jutta Gutberlet, 15.12.2018.