Mostaem Billah

Department of Geography
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My research interests in economic activities and the environment concern the growing international problem of electronic waste or ‘e-waste’. The importance of IT to the world economy has brought a surge in demand for computers and related information technologies. Estimates suggest that some 100 million personal computers were in use around the world in 1990, and more than 360 million in 1998. By the year 2006, the average life span of these computers has decreased from 4-6 years to less than 2 years. As a growing fraction of this increasing stock becomes obsolete, more IT equipment enters the waste stream. Much of this waste is traded from industrial nations to developing countries for reclamation, reuse, and recycling but it is also simply dumped in developing countries as rubbish. Mostaem graduated from his PhD in 2013.

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