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Compound 13 Lab is just one of many individuals and organisations working with the people of Dharavi and communities across Mumbai. Our practical work and research builds upon the rich tapestry of initiatives that combine education with creative enquiry, provide access to resources and evidence based solutions for communities and young people on the ground.



Artefacting Mumbai

Art 1st India

Dharavi Art Room

G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture

Artefacting Mumbai

Dharavi Dream Project

Toxics Link

Waste Lines Mumbai

Disappearing Dialogues

Living Waters Museum

PUKAR Partners for Urban Knowledge and Research 
SPARC  Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers    

ETC Group
WIEGO:  Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organising

Reinventing Dharavi - An Ideas Compendium

PARI: People's Archive of Rural India

Conflictorium - Museum of Conflict


on the subject of plastics, waste and recycling


Revolution Plastics (University of Plymouth)

Centre for Sustainable Curating

Governing Plastics Network (UK)

Discard Studies

Flip-flop Trail

Synthetic Collective

on forms of radical pedagogy

Floating University Berlin

Devenir University

University of the Trees

Reflecting Oil

Àsìkò Art School

Participatory Urbanisms

Hazardous Travels and Toxic Commons

Practicing Ethics

at the intersections of art, ecology and social change


Feral Atlas

museum for the United Nations

The Arts, Environmental Justice, and the Ecological Crisis (British Art Studies)

Spatial Agency



News reports, journal articles, essays, reviews and blog posts on topics of waste, work and survival in India, informality, recycling and circular economy

Global Treaty to end Plastics Pollution

WWF / 2022

Waste management has a data problem. This approach can fix it.

Swati Singh Sambyal / 2023

Less plastic or more recycling – nations split ahead of treaty talks

Joe Lo / 2023 

Brussels tables new reuse and recycling targets to slash packaging waste.

Kiera Taylor / 2022

Shaping our Cities and Urban Spaces: Arts and humanities research is addressing the complex challenges facing communities

UK Research and Innovation / 2022

Plastics: A Carbon Copy of the Climate Crisis

Ketan Joshi / 2021

Waste-picker & informal waste collectors of India seek safety measures from Indian government to safeguard against COVID 19

Waste Narratives / 2020


Why Turkey became Europe’s garbage dump

By Selin UĞURTAŞ / 2020

Political Ecologies of Waste: Salvaged Livelihoods and Infra-structural Labour

Benjamin Irvine / 2019

ndia’s plastic waste crisis is too big, even for Modi  

Niharika Sharma / 2019

What a Waste 2.0 A Global Snapshot of Solid Waste Mangement to 2050

The World Bank

‘The pandemic as a portal’  

Arundhati Roy / 2020

CIEL What is the human and environmental cost of new technology?

Centre for International and Environmental Law / 2019

Lockdown Diaries: Relief to the wastepickers in the times of the pandemic

Smart Cities and Banality of Power

Ayona Datta / 2019

India bans imports of waste plastic to tackle environmental crisis

Harry Cockburn / 2019

Waste pickers and their right to the city: Dispossession and displacement in nineteenth-century Paris and contemporary Montevideo

Lucía Fernandez  / 2020

Inside the Controversial World of Slum Tourism

Christine Bednarz, National Geographic / 2018

Things We Do - The Rural and the Urban: Women

Peoples Archive of Rural India / 2018

One of Asia’s largest slums is luring shoppers with the Internet of Things

Ananya Bhattacharya / 2017

Empowering the empowered? Slum tourism and the depoliticization of poverty

Melissa Nisbett / 2017​

China: the secret lives of urban waste pickers

Tang Damin / 2017

Assessing Agbogbloshi 

e-scrap news

How The Dream Of ‘Clean India’ Ignores Ragpickers Who Work For Little Money And No Rights

Abhimanyu Kumar / 2016

Untouchable to indispensable: the Dalit women revolutionising waste in India

Carlin Carr / 2014

Women’s waste picker cooperative in New Delhi transforms recyclables into art

Infrastructure for waste pickers - Reclaim, Revalue, Reframe

Waste Picker integration Project, Melanie Samson, Durban South Africa

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