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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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Death By Plastic documentary released by Earth Ambassadeurs

Earth Ambassadeurs

Governing Plastics Network partner organisation, the Earth Ambassadeurs, have just released a dramatic new 25 minute documentary, Death by Plastic.  The film offers an accessible and engaging guide to the plastic pollution crisis, addressing global issues from a uniquely Jamaican perspective. You can catch it early on the youtube before its general release:


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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The network's blog brings you updates and insights from the war against plastic pollution in seven developing nations and around the world.  Find out what's working, what isn't and what's next.

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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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  • Address: Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy, University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 30197-00100, Nairobi