Amy Zhang is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at New York University, where she researches and teaches environmental anthropology, science and technology studies, material culture and development. She is currently working on her first book, a study of China’s efforts to modernise its municipal waste management infrastructures and how such efforts ground and condition the forms and limits of China’s emerging urban environmental politics.
Recent investments in municipal waste infrastructure in China can be understood as a part of a broader effort by the state to build modern green cities that symbolise development. In concrete terms, the state’s approach to modern waste infrastructure has meant building waste-to-energy (WTE) incinerators and promoting citizen recycling programmes. In Guangzhou, where my research […]