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Marta Ferri

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Marta Ferri

Lancaster University

Charles Carter Building

LA1 4YX

Lancaster

Profile

After my MA in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bologna, I started to collaborate as a project manager and researcher with an international environmental NGO. This organisation aims to reduce the generation of urban and industrial residuals. Within this NGO, I have worked in waste management, materials classification and recycling networks, with a focus on sustainability and circular economy issues in communities and business organisation. I have been a project manager within the first Italian institutional project to aim to reduce the generation of waste. This pilot has attracted significant attention by local, regional and national media; and I had the chance to be on Italian National Television discussing my work with the Zero Waste Research Centre in the same programme that also included an interview with Ellen MacArthur.

In 2015, I took part in the EU-China NGOs Twinning Exchange Program, promoted by the German NGO Stiftung Asienhaus and supported by Robert Bosch Foundation and Stiftung Marcador. Thanks to this program, I had the chance to carry out field research about the governmental and the “unofficial” urban waste management in Beijing, in collaboration with the Chinese NGO Friends of Nature.

Between 2015 and 2017, I have collaborated as a facilitator within a European Life Project that aimed at recycling “pulper” residuals – the industrial by-product of paper mills that use recovered paper – in the manufacturing of eco-sustainable plastic pallets.

Current Teaching

Graduate Teaching Assistant:

  • OWT.100 Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • OWT.101 Organisation, Work & Technology
  • OWT.512 Advanced Studies and Professional Skills

Guest lecturer:

  • OWT.101 Management, Organisations and Work: Key Issues and Debates
  • OWT.232 Management and Sustainability - World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Student Bootcamp.

Current Research

My research focuses on plastics and the Circular Economy. It looks at how meta-organisations respond to the grand challenge of the plastic crisis by promoting circular solutions around plastics.  

This organising process is analysed according to certain elements of Actor-Network Theory, and it would like to contribute to bringing attention to the “missing masses” in Organisation Studies research through considering key dimensions of materiality, i.e. plastic rubbish. Within this study, plastics are seen with the ability to facilitate the organisation/disorganisation of our world.

My research is based on two case studies that show how two differently scaled and multi-participated meta-organisations organise a circular economy for “difficult to recycle” (then, “polluting”) plastics rubbish.

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