Goal: We are a group of scholars thinking through the implications of sand extraction from multiple perspectives including political economy and ecology, economic geography, geopolitics, assemblage thinking, and the more-than-human. We are interested in what this overlooked material holds for our understanding of urbanization, resource grabs, property formation, environmental regulation and degradation, and resistance.
- Marschke said: “We need to realise that sand is a finite resource and we are overusing it and if we don’t start to manage it properly it has huge implications.”
- Schoenberger said the issue of rich nations buying poor nations’ sands was “a huge social justice question”. She added: “What does it mean for a wealthy country to grow out into the sea and up into the sky at the expense of the physical biomaterial of poor countries?
- “Sand is not a renewable resource within human timescales.”