039: Water, waste, Covid, and the invisibility of life support systems with Raul Pacheco-Vega

Michael and Stefan speak with Raul Pacheco-Vega. Raul is a professor in the Public Administration Division of the Centre for Economic Research and Teaching, CIDE (Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas, CIDE, AC) based out of CIDE Region Centro in Aguascalientes, Mexico. We discussed his work on waste and waste pickers, wastewater, and bottled water as untraditional commons. We also spoke about the importance of making care work and life support systems visible, and his thoughts about fieldwork and ethnography under the spectre of the Covid pandemic.

Raul’s personal website: http://www.raulpacheco.org/blog/

Paper on doubly engaged ethnography that Raul mentions:

Pacheco-Vega, R., and K. Parizeau. 2018. Doubly Engaged Ethnography: Opportunities and Challenges When Working With Vulnerable Communities. International Journal of Qualitative Methods 17(1):1609406918790653.