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Governing Plastics Network

The Governing Plastics Network was jointly created by the University of Nairobi in Kenya and the University of Surrey in the UK, and is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Since the Network was established, we have broadened our reach, creating new projects with partners across Europe, East Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil and Australia. Research across our projects is funded by the UKRI/GCRF, AHRC, EPSRC and UGPN.

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Plastics in the Circular Economy Research at the University of Surrey

The Governing Plastics network is allied with the Plastics in the Circular Economy research programme at the University of Surrey, which is part of Surrey's Institute for Sustainability.

Find out more about this research tackles different stages of the plastics cycle by exploring our new interactive online resource.



The network works with policy makers, scientists, NGOs and other stakeholders in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda and comprises two linked two-year projects.

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A wealth of articles and policy documents related to plastic governance can be found here in the network's searchable document repository, providing a forum for knowledge and information exchange.

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New Governing Plastics Network blog series

globe in plastic

The network blog now features extensive day-by-day coverage of the recent INC3 treaty negotiations for building the UN Legally Binding Instrument on Plastic Waste in Nairobi, Kenya.


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  • Telephone: 20-2247968/318262 Ext 28364
  • Address: Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy, University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 30197-00100, Nairobi