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Waste and Society (2013–2014)

With the LMU Munich Center for Advanced Studies (CAS), the RCC launched a new research cluster in 2013: "Waste in Environment and Society." Most of the CAS working group was affiliated with the RCC, which includes researchers from eight different LMU faculties as well as from Technische Universität München, Universität der Bundeswehr München, and the Deutsches Museum, and aimed to develop a common research framework to explore how and where waste is generated, how it travels, how it is valued and re-valued, and the normative dimension of how societies designate, discard, and otherwise manage unwanted things.

In addition to the events listed below, this research collaboration resulted in several publications: two issues of RCC Perspectives ("Out of Sight, Out of Mind" and "A Future without Waste?") as well as Inwastement, an edited volume in German.