Professor Alice Mah

  • Professor in Urban and Environmental Studies (Urban Studies)

Biography

Alice Mah is Professor of Urban and Environmental Studies at the University of Glasgow. Prior to this she was Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick and Principal Investigator of the European Research Council-funded Starting Grant “Toxic Expertise: Environmental Justice and the Global Petrochemical Industry.” Her research and teaching contributions focus on toxic pollution and environmental justice; just and sustainable transformations; and anti-colonial ecological alternatives and futures.

Alice is the author of Petrochemical Planet: Multiscalar Battles of Industrial Transformation (2023, Duke University Press); Plastic Unlimited: How Corporations are Fuelling the Ecological Crisis (2022, Polity Press); Toxic Truths: Environmental Justice and Citizen Science in a Post-Truth Age (with Thom Davies, 2020, University of Manchester Press); Port Cities and Global Legacies (2014, Palgrave Macmillan), and Industrial Ruination, Community, and Place (2012, University of Toronto Press), winner of the 2013 British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. Her wide-ranging interdisciplinary research has been published in leading academic journals and received awards, including the Philip Leverhulme Prize and the SAGE Prize for Innovation/Excellence.

Research interests

  • environmental justice
  • just and sustainable transformations
  • urban inequalities and toxic pollution
  • climate justice and decarbonisation
  • deindustrialization and post-industrial transformation
  • sociology of the petrochemical, plastics, and fossil fuel industries
  • corporate sustainability
  • degrowth and ecological alternatives/futures

Research groups

Publications

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Jump to: 2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2017 | 2015 | 2014 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009
Number of items: 29.

2023

Mah, A. (2023) Petrochemical Planet: Multiscalar Battles of Industrial Transformation. Duke University Press. ISBN 9781478025122 (doi: 10.1215/9781478027126)

Mah, A. (2023) Foreword. In: Kryder-Reid, E. and May, S. (eds.) Toxic Heritage: Legacies, Futures, and Environmental Injustice. Series: Key issues in cultural heritage. Routledge, xix-xxi. ISBN 9781032429991

2022

Tilsted, J. P., Mah, A. , Nielson, T. D., Finkill, G. and Bauer, F. (2022) Petrochemical transition narratives: Selling fossil fuel solutions in a decarbonizing world. Energy Research and Social Science, 94, 102800. (doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2022.102880)

Brown, D., Mah, A. and Walker, G. (2022) The tenacity of trust in petrochemical communities: reckoning with risk on the Fawley Waterside (1997–2019). Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 5(3), pp. 997-1696. (doi: 10.1177/25148486211045367)

Feltrin, L., Mah, A. and Brown, D. (2022) Noxious deindustrialization: experiences of precarity and pollution in Scotland’s petrochemical capital. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 40(4), pp. 781-986. (doi: 10.1177/23996544211056328)

Mah, A. (2022) Plastic Unlimited: How Corporations are Fuelling the Ecological Crisis and What We Can Do About It. Polity Press. ISBN 9781509549450

2021

Mah, A. (2021) Future-proofing capitalism: the paradox of the circular economy for plastics. Global Environmental Politics, 21(2), pp. 121-142. (doi: 10.1162/glep_a_00594)

Mah, A. (2021) Ecological crisis, decarbonisation, and degrowth: the dilemmas of just petrochemical transformations. Stato e Mercato, 121(April), pp. 51-78. (doi: 10.1425/101444)

2020

Jephcote, C., Brown, D., Verbeek, T. and Mah, A. (2020) A systematic review and meta-analysis of haematological malignancies in residents living near petrochemical facilities. Environmental Health, 19(1), 53. (doi: 10.1186/s12940-020-00582-1) (PMID:32430062) (PMCID:PMC7236944)

Verbeek, T. and Mah, A. (2020) Integration and isolation in the global petrochemical industry: a multiscalar corporate network analysis. Economic Geography, 96(4), pp. 363-387. (doi: 10.1080/00130095.2020.1794809)

Mah, A. (2020) Toxic legacies and environmental justice. In: Coolsaet, B. (ed.) Environmental Justice: Key Concepts. Routledge: London and New York, pp. 121-131. ISBN 9780367139933

Davies, T. and Mah, A. (Eds.) (2020) Toxic Truths: Environmental Justice and Citizen Science in a Post-Truth Age. University of Manchester Press: Manchester. ISBN 9781526137029

2019

Mah, A. and Wang, X. (2019) Accumulated injuries of environmental injustice: living and working with petrochemical pollution in Nanjing, China. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 109(6), pp. 1961-1977. (doi: 10.1080/24694452.2019.1574551)

Jephcote, C. and Mah, A. (2019) Regional inequalities in benzene exposures across the European petrochemical industry: a Bayesian multilevel modelling approach. Environment International, 132, 104812. (doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.05.006) (PMID:31421386) (PMCID:PMC6857433)

Mah, A. (2019) A layover stop in the African American great migration: identity, ruination, and memory. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42(13), pp. 2326-2332. (doi: 10.1080/01419870.2019.1605090)

2017

Mah, A. (2017) Ruination and post-industrial urban decline. In: Hall, S. and Burdett, R. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City. Sage, pp. 201-212. ISBN 9781473987869

Mah, A. (2017) Environmental justice in the age of big data: challenging toxic blind spots of voice, speed, and expertise. Environmental Sociology, 3(2), pp. 122-133. (doi: 10.1080/23251042.2016.1220849)

Mah, A. and Wang, X. (2017) Research on environmental justice in China: limitations and possibilities. Chinese Journal of Environmental Law, 1, pp. 263-272. (doi: 10.1163/24686042-12340016)

2015

Mah, A. (2015) Dangerous cargo and uneven toxic risks: petrochemicals in the [ort of New Orleans. In: Birtchnell, T., Savitzky, S. and Urry, J. (eds.) Cargomobilities: Moving Materials in a Global Age. Routledge: London and New York, pp. 149-162. ISBN 9781315866673 (doi: 10.4324/9781315866673-9)

2014

Mah, A. (2014) The dereliction tourist: ethical issues of conducting research in areas of industrial ruination. Sociological Research Online, 19(4), 13. (doi: 10.5153/sro.3330)

Mah, A. (2014) Port Cities and Global Legacies: Urban Identity, Waterfront Work, and Radicalism. Palgrave Macmillan: London. ISBN 9781137283139 (doi: 10.1057/9781137283146)

Kelan, E. K. and Mah, A. (2014) Gendered identification: between idealization and admiration. British Journal of Management, 25(1), pp. 91-101. (doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2012.00834.x)

2012

Mah, A. (2012) Industrial Ruination, Community, and Place: Landscapes and Legacies of Urban Decline. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9781442645493

Whiteside, N. and Mah, A. (2012) Human rights and ethical reasoning: capabilities, conventions and spheres of public action. Sociology, 46(5), pp. 921-935. (doi: 10.1177/0038038512450807)

Mah, A. (2012) Demolition for development: a critical analysis of official urban imaginaries in past and present UK cities. Journal of Historical Sociology, 25(1), pp. 151-176. (doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6443.2011.01406.x)

2011

Behal, R., Fall, B. and Mah, A. (Eds.) (2011) Rethinking Work: Global Historical and Sociological Perspectives. Tulika Books: Delhi. ISBN 9788189487850

2010

Mah, A. (2010) Memory, uncertainty and industrial ruination: Walker Riverside, Newcastle upon Tyne. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 34(2), pp. 398-413. (doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2010.00898.x)

2009

Mah, A. (2009) Devastation but also Home: Place Attachment in Areas of Industrial Decline. Home Cultures, 6(3), pp. 287-310. (doi: 10.2752/174063109X12462745321462)

Mah, A. (2009) Moral judgements and employment policies in Birmingham (1870-1914): multiplying the categories and treatments of the “undeserving”. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 29(11/12), pp. 575-586. (doi: 10.1108/01443330910999023)

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Number of items: 29.

Articles

Tilsted, J. P., Mah, A. , Nielson, T. D., Finkill, G. and Bauer, F. (2022) Petrochemical transition narratives: Selling fossil fuel solutions in a decarbonizing world. Energy Research and Social Science, 94, 102800. (doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2022.102880)

Brown, D., Mah, A. and Walker, G. (2022) The tenacity of trust in petrochemical communities: reckoning with risk on the Fawley Waterside (1997–2019). Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 5(3), pp. 997-1696. (doi: 10.1177/25148486211045367)

Feltrin, L., Mah, A. and Brown, D. (2022) Noxious deindustrialization: experiences of precarity and pollution in Scotland’s petrochemical capital. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 40(4), pp. 781-986. (doi: 10.1177/23996544211056328)

Mah, A. (2021) Future-proofing capitalism: the paradox of the circular economy for plastics. Global Environmental Politics, 21(2), pp. 121-142. (doi: 10.1162/glep_a_00594)

Mah, A. (2021) Ecological crisis, decarbonisation, and degrowth: the dilemmas of just petrochemical transformations. Stato e Mercato, 121(April), pp. 51-78. (doi: 10.1425/101444)

Jephcote, C., Brown, D., Verbeek, T. and Mah, A. (2020) A systematic review and meta-analysis of haematological malignancies in residents living near petrochemical facilities. Environmental Health, 19(1), 53. (doi: 10.1186/s12940-020-00582-1) (PMID:32430062) (PMCID:PMC7236944)

Verbeek, T. and Mah, A. (2020) Integration and isolation in the global petrochemical industry: a multiscalar corporate network analysis. Economic Geography, 96(4), pp. 363-387. (doi: 10.1080/00130095.2020.1794809)

Mah, A. and Wang, X. (2019) Accumulated injuries of environmental injustice: living and working with petrochemical pollution in Nanjing, China. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 109(6), pp. 1961-1977. (doi: 10.1080/24694452.2019.1574551)

Jephcote, C. and Mah, A. (2019) Regional inequalities in benzene exposures across the European petrochemical industry: a Bayesian multilevel modelling approach. Environment International, 132, 104812. (doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.05.006) (PMID:31421386) (PMCID:PMC6857433)

Mah, A. (2019) A layover stop in the African American great migration: identity, ruination, and memory. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42(13), pp. 2326-2332. (doi: 10.1080/01419870.2019.1605090)

Mah, A. (2017) Environmental justice in the age of big data: challenging toxic blind spots of voice, speed, and expertise. Environmental Sociology, 3(2), pp. 122-133. (doi: 10.1080/23251042.2016.1220849)

Mah, A. and Wang, X. (2017) Research on environmental justice in China: limitations and possibilities. Chinese Journal of Environmental Law, 1, pp. 263-272. (doi: 10.1163/24686042-12340016)

Mah, A. (2014) The dereliction tourist: ethical issues of conducting research in areas of industrial ruination. Sociological Research Online, 19(4), 13. (doi: 10.5153/sro.3330)

Kelan, E. K. and Mah, A. (2014) Gendered identification: between idealization and admiration. British Journal of Management, 25(1), pp. 91-101. (doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2012.00834.x)

Whiteside, N. and Mah, A. (2012) Human rights and ethical reasoning: capabilities, conventions and spheres of public action. Sociology, 46(5), pp. 921-935. (doi: 10.1177/0038038512450807)

Mah, A. (2012) Demolition for development: a critical analysis of official urban imaginaries in past and present UK cities. Journal of Historical Sociology, 25(1), pp. 151-176. (doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6443.2011.01406.x)

Mah, A. (2010) Memory, uncertainty and industrial ruination: Walker Riverside, Newcastle upon Tyne. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 34(2), pp. 398-413. (doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2010.00898.x)

Mah, A. (2009) Devastation but also Home: Place Attachment in Areas of Industrial Decline. Home Cultures, 6(3), pp. 287-310. (doi: 10.2752/174063109X12462745321462)

Mah, A. (2009) Moral judgements and employment policies in Birmingham (1870-1914): multiplying the categories and treatments of the “undeserving”. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 29(11/12), pp. 575-586. (doi: 10.1108/01443330910999023)

Books

Mah, A. (2023) Petrochemical Planet: Multiscalar Battles of Industrial Transformation. Duke University Press. ISBN 9781478025122 (doi: 10.1215/9781478027126)

Mah, A. (2022) Plastic Unlimited: How Corporations are Fuelling the Ecological Crisis and What We Can Do About It. Polity Press. ISBN 9781509549450

Mah, A. (2014) Port Cities and Global Legacies: Urban Identity, Waterfront Work, and Radicalism. Palgrave Macmillan: London. ISBN 9781137283139 (doi: 10.1057/9781137283146)

Mah, A. (2012) Industrial Ruination, Community, and Place: Landscapes and Legacies of Urban Decline. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9781442645493

Book Sections

Mah, A. (2023) Foreword. In: Kryder-Reid, E. and May, S. (eds.) Toxic Heritage: Legacies, Futures, and Environmental Injustice. Series: Key issues in cultural heritage. Routledge, xix-xxi. ISBN 9781032429991

Mah, A. (2020) Toxic legacies and environmental justice. In: Coolsaet, B. (ed.) Environmental Justice: Key Concepts. Routledge: London and New York, pp. 121-131. ISBN 9780367139933

Mah, A. (2017) Ruination and post-industrial urban decline. In: Hall, S. and Burdett, R. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City. Sage, pp. 201-212. ISBN 9781473987869

Mah, A. (2015) Dangerous cargo and uneven toxic risks: petrochemicals in the [ort of New Orleans. In: Birtchnell, T., Savitzky, S. and Urry, J. (eds.) Cargomobilities: Moving Materials in a Global Age. Routledge: London and New York, pp. 149-162. ISBN 9781315866673 (doi: 10.4324/9781315866673-9)

Edited Books

Davies, T. and Mah, A. (Eds.) (2020) Toxic Truths: Environmental Justice and Citizen Science in a Post-Truth Age. University of Manchester Press: Manchester. ISBN 9781526137029

Behal, R., Fall, B. and Mah, A. (Eds.) (2011) Rethinking Work: Global Historical and Sociological Perspectives. Tulika Books: Delhi. ISBN 9788189487850

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Grants

  • Alice is currently a Co-Investigator on the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)-funded partnership project “Deindustrialization and the Politics of Our Time” (PI Steven High), $2.5 million CAD overall (2020-2027)

    Previous externally funded research projects:

    Philip Leverhulme Prize- Principal Investigator, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, £100,000 (2018-2023)

    European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant, “Toxic Expertise: Environmental Justice and the Global Petrochemical Industry”- Principal Investigator, €1.5 million (2015-2020)

    ESRC Connected Communities Imagine Project: “The Social, Historical, Cultural and Democratic Context of Civic Engagement.” Role: Co-I, (PI: Professor Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield), £1.2 million overall (2013-2017)

Supervision

I welcome enquiries to supervise research students with interests in environmental (in)justice, just transitions, sustainable urbanism, toxic pollution, and urban and environmental sociology/politics.

Current PhD projects supervised:

  • “Power, Knowledge, and Ecological Transformations: The Case of the Thal Desert.” 
  • “Assembling Transnational Environmental Victimization: The Arica v. Boliden Minerals Case.” 
  • “China’s Low-carbon Energy Transition: A Case Study of the Xing’an League Clean Energy Demonstration Base in Inner Mongolia.” 

Completed PhD projects supervised:

  • “The Dynamics of Meaning-Making: Negotiating Non-Violence in Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement between 2014 and 2019.” 
  • “The Brain of the Smart Transportation System: Exploring the Role of Future Expectations and Sociotechnical Imaginaries in Cutting-Edge Science and Technology Policymaking in China.” 
  • “Placemaking in the Post-Functionalist and Post-Digital City: The Case Study of Ziferblat.”
  • “Intervention Work: An Ethnography of NEET to EET Transitions.”

Teaching

Convening:

URBAN 5116 Sustainable Urban Futures (PGT)

 

Contributing to:

URBAN 5090 International Urban Challenges (PGT)