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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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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.


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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  • 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