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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Bozkurt, Ö. and Stowell, A. (2016), Skills in the green economy: recycling promises in the UK e-waste management sector. New Technology, Work and Employment, 31: 146–160. doi: 10.1111/ntwe.12066 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ntwe.12066/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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Skills in the green economy: recycling promises in the UK e-waste management sector

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>New Technology, Work and Employment
Issue number2
Volume31
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)146-160
Publication statusPublished
Early online date12/07/16
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In advanced economies the ‘greening’ of the economy is widely seen as promising extensive job creation and upskilling, alongside its other benefits. In popular and policy rhetoric, the growing importance of ‘green skills’ is asserted frequently. This paper critically examines these claims within the context of the electronic waste management sector in the UK. Drawing on the cases of a non-profit organisation and a small private enterprise in North West England, we observe that despite government support for developing skills in e-waste, both the development and utilisation of skills remain minimal. Critically, the relatively more skill-intensive process of reuse is substantially less profitable than recycling and resource capture. The paper concludes by noting that the expectations from the green economy for high quality jobs need to be assessed within the context of similar, misplaced celebrations of previous transformations of work in order to avoid recycling the same promises.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Bozkurt, Ö. and Stowell, A. (2016), Skills in the green economy: recycling promises in the UK e-waste management sector. New Technology, Work and Employment, 31: 146–160. doi: 10.1111/ntwe.12066 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ntwe.12066/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.