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Published: 06 May 2020

Plastics Pollution Governance Framework Network to be co-lead by Professor Rosalind Malcolm

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund, will fund the Plastics Pollution Governance Framework Network, led by Professor Rosalind Malcolm of the University of Surrey and Professor Nicholas Oguge of the University of Nairobi in Kenya. The Network will explore all aspects of plastic use, from the composition of plastics that are imported across Africa to the slum communities who make a livelihood from selling and cleaning discarded plastics.

The network will explore how plastic waste can be better managed across the continent, and how it could be integrated into a circular economy that uses and reuses waste products to deliver economic benefits.

Professor Rosalind Malcolm said: ‘Our network starts with 6 partner countries in Africa together with support from a number of others around the world.  The experiences of governing plastics in these countries will be shared and solutions sought to design an effective system for a circular plastics economy which will seek to turn plastic waste into a resource which will not damage the environment and human health. The project will run concurrently with our AHRC / GCRF funded project, ‘The Wicked Problem of Plastics’ which will look at the messages and communications which are made and which influence regulators and policy-makers about the management of plastic and its waste.’

The network demonstrates the global, collaborative scope of the Global Engagement Networks, as researchers will be working with academics and businesses from across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Malawi, as well as in the UK, Denmark, Sweden and the Caribbean.

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