Research Radio Ep 9: How Have Waste Pickers in Pune Responded to Rising Privatisation and Dispossession

In this episode, we speak to Rohini Sahni and V Kalyan Shankar about the waste chain and collectivisation among waste pickers in Pune.

Who owns waste? How does waste become valuable? Rohini Sahni and V Kalyan Shankar will answer these complex questions based on ethnographic research they conducted in Pune between 2013 and 2016. They will also tell us what led people to choose waste-picking as a profession, and why these workers later collectivised for better working conditions.

The insights they will share are based on their article published in EPW on 8 December 2018 titled “Waste Pickers and the ‘Right to Waste’ in an Indian City."


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