The Graduate School of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with the Carlsberg Foundation, has an opportunity for a fully funded PhD position for ethnographic research on consumer plastic use and disposal in India. The PhD fellowship will be available as of February 1, 2022 for a period of up to three years.

The position is attached to the project “Plastics and the Anthropocene: The Bads Associated with the Goods We Consume,” led by Associate Professor Gauri Pathak at the Department of Global Studies. It revolves around an examination of community perceptions of 1) the health and environmental risks and benefits of using plastic food containers and bottles and 2) the risks, advantages, and constraints associated with various methods of disposal of the resulting plastic wastes, with a particular focus on the open burning of wastes.

The PhD will involve around 8-10 months of ethnographic fieldwork in rural or peri-urban India, and the successful candidate will have a background in medical or environmental anthropology, along with previous ethnographic research experience or research interest in India. Knowledge of at least one Indian language is required.

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