The development of industrial activities and their externalities submit neighbouring populations to health and environmental hazards whose consequences continually provoke conflicts and require management. The patterns of public action in this domain are the result of expert practices, mobilizations, and administrative and institutional experiments, whose inscription largely conditions apprehension of the problem and the ways in which it is treated. The objective of this conference is to characterize these dynamics, which have shaped environmental conflicts at a local level. It is also to explore how overflowing materials are governed, from their environmental consequences to the attitude of various actors implicated in the debates and even the dispute itself. The viewpoint of this conference is interdisciplinary. Three themes and methodologies are, however, privileged: first, to clarify how these externalities exist in the short-term and long time scale ; second, to consider what factors help produce externalities and constitute their geographical territories ; and third, to understand the dynamics of negotiation.
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