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Loretta Ieng Tak Lou

Dr. Loretta Ieng Tak Lou

Landhaus Fellow


Rachel Carson Center
Leopoldstr. 11a
80802 Munich

Loretta Ieng Tak Lou is an assistant professor in anthropology at Durham University in the UK. She specializes in the study of environment, health, activism, and self-development in East Asia. Her first project was an ethnographic study of “Green Living” in Hong Kong and its implications for self-development, relationality, everyday ethics, and social movements. Building on her interest in environmental activism in East Asia, her second research project, funded by the European Research Council, “Toxic Expertise: Environmental Justice and the Global Petrochemical Industry,” focuses on the ways Chinese people negotiate and make sense of toxic pollution, their perceptions of (environmental) injustice, and how they cope with contrived ignorance. In her research projects, she questions the interplay between freedom and (inter-)dependency, resistance and resilience, noticing and unnoticing, and the production of knowledge and ignorance in the most mundane forms in everyday life.

RCC Research Project: The Power of Example: Green Living and Social Transformations in Hong Kong

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