Amy Zhang


Research Overview

My research examines the ongoing debate over waste management in China and what it says about how environmental planning and conflicts help shape urban social and physical landscapes. I work with a range of actors — waste experts, environmental NGOs, industries and migrant collectors — to develop an ethnography of the making of the urban environment in two of China's largest megacities. I am interested in the interconnections between the social practices, technologies and infrastructures of waste management as well as public perception and reception of green technologies.  I am currently carrying out 18 months of fieldwork in Guangzhou and Beijing.