Saturday, September 15, 2012

Lecture 7 - Sept 18 (13-15) - Picha and Umair

Time and place: Wednesday September 12, 13-15 in lecture hall B2. Note: our Tuesday lecture will be shared between two different guests

Title: "Printed and digital media and their environmental impacts:"
Guest: Malin Picha, Doctoral student in Media Technology at KTH.

Talk: The media landscape, both in Sweden and abroad, is rapidly changing. The circulation of printed newspapers is going down, and the use of digital media is increasing. These changes naturally have serious implications for the media industry as well as for the consumers. But what are the implications of these developments for the environment? Where are the major sources for climate change in this new media landscape? What can be done by the media companies and the media consumers in order to minimize the climate effects from producing and consuming media and what is being done today?

About: Malin Picha is a doctoral student in Media Technology at KTH and has a background in journalism. Malin has worked as an editor at various Swedish newspapers and a magazine and at the information office at Linköping University. She worked as a project manager at the Swedish Media Publishers' Association (Tidningsutgivarna, TU) between 2006 and 2012 - an organization that has cooperated extensively with the KTH Center for Sustainable Communications (CESC). For the past two years, Malin has been part of a research project that, with a focus on sustainability, has been looking at structures and processes at media companies.

Literature to read before the lecture:

- Picha, M and Moberg, Å (2011). Local Newspaper Publishing: Editorial Structure and Environmental Impact - a Case Study. IARIGAI conferene proceedings, 38th International Resarch Conference in Advances in Priting and Media Technology. September 11-14, 2011, Budapest, Hungary.
Note: Available in Bilda.

- Picha, M, Achachlouei, M.A. and Moberg, Åsa (2012). Magazine Publishing: Editorial Structure and Environmental Impacts - a Case Study. TAGA conferene proceedings, 64th Annaul Technical Conference. March 18-21, 2012, Jacksonville, FL, USA.
Note: Available in Bilda.


Title: "Information Recycling of Electronic Waste in Pakistan:"
Guest: Shakila Umair, Guest researcher at CESC/FMS, KTH.

Talk: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been connecting people over the years. Today more and more people have access to these ICTs and they want the best. Producers are coming up with the latest technologies every day and with every new technology reaching the market, something older becomes obsolete. Obsolete electronic equipment, "e-waste", is the fastest growing waste stream today. Every year, 20-50 tons of e-waste is produced. Only 20% is recycled formally and the rest is dumped in developing countries where it is recycled informally. Pakistan is one of the countries at the receiving end of this waste stream and is one of the largest importers of e-waste. E-waste in Pakistan is recycled by crude processes which includes manual dismantling, open burning and acid processing of motherboards for the extraction of precious metals. These processes have impacts not just on the environment and on the people involved in this business, but also on the communities living in the vicinity of these sites. This lecture highlights the processes and the impacts of informal e-waste recycling in Pakistan.

About: Shakila Umair is working as a Guest Researchers at the Center for Sustainable Communications/FMS at KTH and worked at Lund University Centre for Sustainable Studies (LUCSUS) before that. She has been working with informal recycling of e-waste in Pakistan for about two year. She has a Masters in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure with a major in Environmental Strategies from KTH. She has worked with the United Nations Development Programme and the World Wide Fund for Nature Conservation (WWF) in Pakistan.

Literature to read before the lecture:

- Umair, S. and Anderberg, S. (2011). Ewaste Imports and Informal Recycling in Pakistan - A Multidimensional Governance Challenge. Available as pdf.

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