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International Perspectives on the Global Challenge of Plastics

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SPlaSH Events Series - Plastics in Society

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For the third event of the SPlasH series on Plastics in Society, we are thrilled to welcome two international keynote speakers who will address the global challenge of plastics in different contexts.

Roland Geyer is Professor at University of California’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, where he studies the environmental impacts of products and technologies and looks for ways to reduce them.

Rose Boswell is DSI-NRF South African Research Chair in Ocean Cultures and Heritage, Nelson Mandela University, where she addresses the plastics crisis in South and Eastern Africa.


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Professor Roland Geyer – Plastics: Too much of a good thing?

Roland Geyer is Professor at University of California’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, where he studies the environmental impacts of products and technologies and looks for ways to reduce them. Prior to joining the Bren School Roland held research positions in Germany, France, and the UK. Since 2000 he has worked with a wide range of governmental organisations, NGOs, trade associations, and companies on environmental sustainability issues. Roland has won multiple awards for his work, such as the International Statistic of the Year from the Royal Statistical Society. He has also been featured widely in the media, such as CBS, NPR, Associated Press, The Guardian, and the BBC. His first book will be published by Routledge this September and is called The Business of Less: The Role of Companies and Households on a Planet in Peril. Roland has a graduate degree in physics and a PhD in engineering. Learn more about him and his work on www.rolandgeyer.com.

Professor Rose Boswell - Observing and Changing the Social Life of Plastics

Rosabelle (Rose) Boswell is an anthropologist and a DSI-NRF South African Research Chair in Ocean Cultures and Heritage. She is the author of three monographs, one co-edited book, two poetry books and more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her work has focused on the politics of intangible cultural heritage in Africa, the issue of restorative justice for slave descendants, diversity management and sensory ethnography. She has done fieldwork in Mauritius, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Seychelles and South Africa. The Research Chair position facilitates research on coastal heritage in five African countries, including South Africa. Information regarding her work can be found here.


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Join us in celebrating the world-class and challenge-led research carried out by our colleagues from across the University, in the inaugural Brunel Research Festival throughout the month of May.

Showcasing the diverse impacts our research has on society, both in the UK and globally, the Festival is a celebration of our excellent disciplinary research, innovation and interdisciplinary activities across a packed programme of interesting activities.

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