Challenging the Chip:
Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the
Global Electronics Industry

Eds. Ted Smith, David A. Sonnenfeld, David Naguib Pellow, and Leslie A. Byster

Foreword by Jim Hightower

Ravi Agarwal is Director of Toxics Link, an environmental NGO based in India working on issues of waste, waste trade, and toxics for over a decade; he is a Communications Engineer by training. 

Leslie Byster is a consultant with the International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT); she was Communications and Program Director, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC), San Jose, California, USA, for over ten years. 

Shenglin Chang was Associate Professor, Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture Department, University of Maryland, USA; and Member of the Advisory Committee, Taiwan Environmental Action Network (TEAN). 

Hua-mei Chiu is a professional journalist and environmental activist from Taiwan, and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology, University of Essex, England. 

Anibel Ferus-Comelo has a Ph.D. in economic geography from the University of London and is currently involved in research and education in India..

Tira Foran has conducted research with the Conservation Science Institute, Environmental Defense Fund, and Nautilus Institute, USA; he is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Geosciences, University of Sydney, Australia. 

Connie García is former Policy Advocate, Border Environmental Justice Campaign, Environmental Health Coalition, San Diego, California, USA.

Ken Geiser is Professor of Work Environment; and Co-Director, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA. 

Amanda Hawes is Partner, Alexander, Hawes and Audet; and founder and former Executive Director of the Santa Clara Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (SCCOSH), San Jose, California, USA. 

Jim Hightower produces daily radio and online commentaries, and "speaks out for the American majority that's being locked out economically and politically by the elites"; he was editor of The Texas Observer, a bi-weekly magazine of news and opinion, and served two terms as Texas Agriculture Commissioner. 

Yu-ling Ku is Secretary-General, Taiwan International Workers' Association (TIWA); and Consultant, Taiwan Association for Victims of Occupational Injuries (TAVOI), Taipei. 

Joseph LaDou, M.D., is Director, International Center for Occupational Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, USA; and Editor, International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 

Apo Leong is Executive Director, Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC), Hong Kong, China.  He founded the Hong Kong Trade Union Education Center in 1984, and was Senior Researcher with the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions.

Boy Lüthje is Research Fellow, Institute of Social Research; and Adjunct Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 

Glenna Matthews is Visiting Scholar, Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California at Berkeley, USA; and author of Silicon Valley, Women, and the California Dream.

James McCourt is Coordinator, People for Health and Safety in Electronics (PHASE Two); and Manager, Inverclyde Advice and Employment Rights Centre, Scotland.

Sanjiv Pandita is Occupational Safety and Health Officer, Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC), Hong Kong, China. 

Raquel Partida Rocha is a Researcher with the Department of Urban Studies, University of Guadalajara, Mexico. 

David Pellow is Director, California Cultures in Comparative Perspective, and Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego, USA. 

Jim Puckett is Coordinator of the Basel Action Network (BAN), Seattle, USA. 

Chad Raphael is Associate Professor of Communications, Santa Clara University, California; and President, Board of Directors, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, USA.

Robin Schneider is Executive Director, Texas Campaign for the Environment, USA, a statewide grassroots organization mobilizing citizens to protect public health and the environment.

Amelia Simpson is Director of the Environmental Health Coalition's Border Environmental Justice Campaign, and is based in San Diego, California, USA. 

Ted Smith is founder, former Executive Director, and now Senior Strategist, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC), San Jose, California, USA; and Coordinator, International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT).

David Sonnenfeld is currently Professor of Sociology and Environmental Policy, Department of Environmental Studies, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), Syracuse, NY; and Research Associate, Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. 

Robert Steiert is Director, Information and Communication Technology Industry, Aerospace, and Mechanical Engineering, for the International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF), Geneva, Switzerland.

Joel Tickner is Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Sustainability, and Project Director, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA. 

Naoko Tojo recently completed her Ph.D., and continues as Assistant Professor, at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University, Sweden. 

Wen-ling Tu is Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy and Management, Shih Hsin University, Taiwan; and a founding member and Co-Chair of the Taiwan Environmental Action Network (TEAN).

Kishore Wankhade is Program Coordinator, Toxics Link, Mumbai, India.

Andrew Watterson is Professor and Chair, Occupational and Environmental Health Research Group, University of Stirling, Scotland. 

David Wood was Executive Director, GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN), Madison, Wisconsin; and organizing director of the Computer TakeBack Campaign (CTBC), USA. 

Fumikazu Yoshida is Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Hokkaido University, Japan. 


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