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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

East Asian Studies
Research Associate in Japanese Studies
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Dr Patrick O’Hare is a social anthropologist specialising in waste, recycling and labour. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge (2017) and has since held post-doctoral research positions at the University of Surrey and the University of Manchester. He principally works in Latin America and has conducted research in Uruguay, Argentina, and Mexico.

In October 2019 he joined the AMES department to work with Dr Brigitte Steger on the project ‘Cleanliness, Convenience and Propriety: Plastic Waste in Consumer Societies’ as part of the wider interdisciplinary grant Circular Economy Approaches to Plastic Waste (Cirplas). The project is carrying out comparative research on household interactions with plastic in Uruguay, England, Japan, and South Africa (tbc).

Patrick has been named a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, a position he will take up at the University of St Andrews from February 2020. He will continue to collaborate with Cirplas and with his previous research project, Cartonera Publishing.

Patrick has supervised students and lectured on waste, infrastructure, and labour at the University of Cambridge and the University of Manchester.


“Rubbish Belongs to the Poor!”: Hygienic Enclosure and the Waste Commons Pluto Press (Anthropology, Culture and Society series) - contracted (2020)

Articles, Book Chapters etc

Waste Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology (2019)
'The landfill has always borne fruit': Precarity, Formalisation and Dispossession among Montevideo’s Waste-pickers Dialectical Anthropology. 43(1) pp. 31-44 (2019)
‘We Looked after People Better When We Were Informal’: The ‘Quasi-Formalisation of Montevideo’s Waste-Pickers Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR). Early View (2019)