When does food become garbage?
Can waste reduction efforts improve local food security? Are recycling bins public property? What does informal recycling practice tell us about urban change?

Dr. Kate Parizeau

 Current Projects | Selected Publications 

Informal Recycling


  • Informal recycling in Vancouver, BC
  • Informal recycling in Buenos Aires, Argentina









Parizeau, K. (2016).  “Witnessing urban change: Insights from informal recyclers in Vancouver, BC.”   Urban Studies, pre-print version available online. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098016639010 

Wittmer, J. & Parizeau, K. (2016).  “Surviving neoliberal urbanism: Informal recyclers' geographies of survival in Vancouver, BC.”   Applied Geography, 66, pp.92-99. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.10.006 

Parizeau, K. (2015). "Urban political ecologies of informal recyclers' health in Buenos Aires, Argentina." Health & Place, 33, pp. 67-74. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.02.007 

Parizeau, K. (2015). "Re-representing the city: Waste and public space in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the late 2000s," Environment and Planning A, 47(2), pp. 284-299. http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/a130094p 

Parizeau, K. (2015). "When assets are vulnerabilities: An assessment of informal recyclers' livelihood strategies in Buenos Aires, Argentina," World Development, 67, pp. 161-173.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.10.012 

Parizeau, K. (2013). “Formalization beckons: a baseline of informal recycling work in Buenos Aires, 2007−2011.” Environment and Urbanization, 25(2), pp.501-521. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956247813491699 

Parizeau, K. (2011). “Un estudio acerca de la salud de los cartoneros de Buenos Aires (A study of the health of Buenos Aires’ informal recyclers).” In Suarez, F. and P. Schamber (Eds.) Recicloscopio II: Miradas sobre recuperadores urbanos de residuos de América Latina (Recicloscope II: Perspectives on Urban Waste Recuperators in Latin America). Buenos Aires: Prometeo–UNL; pp. 285-315.

Parizeau, K. (2006). “Theorizing Environmental Justice: Environment as a Social Determinant of Health.” Munk Centre for International Studies Briefings: Comparative Program on Health and Society Lupina Foundation Working Paper Series 2005-2006; pp.101-128. http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Oct2006-LupinaBriefing.pdf