Susan Ross (Carleton University)
I'm an assistant professor in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University. My waste related research is focussed on the values, processes and places associated with 'architectural waste', that is the waste of building materials, which result from demolition or rehabilitation of existing building stock. The work involves theory and policy analysis as well as case studies of alternatives such as deconstruction, fragment salvage and adaptive re-use. By examining the disparate waste ontologies embedded in heritage conservation and sustainable design, and documenting the wide range of places associated with building waste transformations, I hope to address gaps in sustainable heritage conservation in planning, policies and inventories.