Electronic items have improved the standard of living in developed areas but for most underdeveloped areas, they have created dreadful consequences in the form of e-waste. My thesis will explore various consequences of e-waste and the multiplicity of problems associated with the current practices of handling e-waste in developing countries. It will cover spatial, economic, environmental and health aspects of e-waste and will present how inequality interweaves all of these aspects together. Furthermore, it will touch upon the unfair trade of e-waste in developing countries that has altered the lived experiences of people there. By borrowing theoretical framework from human geography, and rubbish theory, my thesis will offer a deep analysis of Nigeria, Pakistan and India through case studies. However, among a variety of e-waste products, this thesis will focus on three electronic products only: laptop, cellphone and television. It is an attempt to contribute that electronic items are much more than their material existence.
Uswa Ali Memon is final year student of Social Development Policy at Habib University. She is interested in the integration of technology and society. This made her interested in electronic waste and she has been working on it since last two years. In addition, she is a content freelancer and owner of Kashigar, which is a small social entrepreneurship venture that promotes traditional craft. Her work experience includes working with Aga Khan University, PVDP and Delloitte.