Kathleen Millar (Simon Fraser University)

My research focuses on the politics of waste and informal recycling in Brazil. Through an ethnography of reclaimers who collect and sell plastics, paper, and metals on a garbage dump in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, I have examined how emerging forms of labor have entailed the production and transformation of material remains. My research also explores how the recycling industry in Brazil and worldwide crosses various categories of economy, including the formal and informal, licit and illicit, and local and global.