I am a social scientist with extensive research experience on issues to do with sustainability, and I draw on ethnographic methods to intervene in theoretical debates on valuation, nature-culture relations, and gender inequalities. My work is placed at the nexus of Environmental Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies (STS).

My research over the last few years has been driven by the desire to contribute to a better empirical and analytical understanding of a global emerging value in the Anthropocene: sustainability. I explore this value, ethnographically, in local situations (often meditated by technologies of some sort) where sustainability is at stake.

Currently, I work at the Anthropology department at the University of Amsterdam where I explore waste and how it is valued in different settings such as households, cities, and markets.


Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh. There, I analysed, synthesised and harmonised links between science and technology studies, feminist ethics and studies on sustainable consumption to understand and reclaim gender normativities and inequalities in zero waste living in the Global North. I have also been a postdoctoral researcher at the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University (the Netherlands, 2016 - 2019). There, I worked on two research projects to do with the economic valuing of energy-efficient technologies as part of the energy transition in the Netherlands. Furthermore I have worked as a postdoc at the Centre on Research on Environmental and Social Change at the University of Antwerp (Belgium, 2015), and I have been a visiting fellow at the Institute for European Ethnology at the Humboldt University Berlin (Germany, 2013), the DEMAND Centre at Lancaster University  (UK, 2017) and the Energy, Environment, and Sustainability Research Group at the University of Edinburgh (UK, 2018). I received my PhD-education at the Amsterdam School of Social Science Research (AISSR) of the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands, 2015). 

I organise the bimonthly multispecies reading group, contact me if you would like to participate.

Email me at: mandy.de.wilde@uva.nl

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