COP26 ETP: Collaborative approaches to North – South innovation in waste and energy policy

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Around the world, many communities living in acute poverty on the margins of cities are at the frontline of the consequences of climate change, energy and waste policy. One such community is Dharavi’s thousands of workers in IWM (informal waste management). For the last decade Prof Graham Jeffery of UWS and Dr Ben Parry of Bath Spa University have been working with colleagues in India to develop a research and innovation lab, Compound 13 Lab, which examines issues waste, work and survival in Dharavi, Mumbai. Work at the Lab builds on citizen science and informal knowledge: acute expertise built up over many years in the IWM industry, which despite regulatory challenges and hazards to human health, makes a massive contribution to carbon and waste reduction in the city.
Prof Andrew Hursthouse of UWS has extensive experience in environmental remediation and the challenge of ‘cleaning up’ contaminated land across many different territories including the global South. His work focuses not only on hazard identification and risk assessment of natural as well as man-made contaminants, but also on sustainable strategies to ensure long term local benefits.
Together with Vinod Shetty, Director ACORN Foundation, Mumbai, and Dr Uche Chukwura-Osoagba, Lecturer at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria, they will discuss methods and approaches to collaboration in these front-line settings. How can we can overcome the entrenched obstacles, political, technical and economic, to achieving genuinely sustainable models of circular economy, which would include considerations of public health, economic equity and wellbeing for all? This event seeks to answer these questions and more.
Period18 Oct 2021
Held atEnergy Technology Partnership
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • climate change
  • waste management
  • informal sector
  • public health
  • collaboration