Ms Julia Perczel

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My research explores the attempt to bring under control e-waste recycling in India that has come to be known for its substandard practices. In 2019, I did twelve-months of ethnographic fieldwork studying how fulfilling environmental responsibility can be marketized. I trace the way a crisis narrative is woven into the creation of a market in sustainable and environmentally responsible services. I explore what it takes to revalue e-waste into resource, paying attention to the rhetoric around informality, toxicity and circular economy. Furthermore, I observe the far-reaching consequences of the attempts to regularise e-waste recycling for those whose lives are irredeemably caught up in the fortunes of this enchanting waste form.

Recipient of the Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant 

External positions

Visiting Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Jul 2021Dec 2021

Areas of expertise

Education / academic qualifications

  • Master of Arts, Intensive South Asian Studies 2-yrs, SOAS University of London (2014 - 2016)
  • Master of Arts, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University (Budapest College) (2013 - 2014)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Hindi and Development Studies, SOAS University of London (2007 - 2011)