Wicked Problem of Plastics and the Discourse Surrounding its Governance

This project seeks to improve how we use and dispose of plastic by looking at how we talk about plastic. 

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A GCRF Global Engagement Network

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How we perceive plastic has changed drastically in the previous half-century even as its use has become more widespread, from a world-changing opportunity to an environmental catastrophe.   It is the very durability of plastic that makes it so useful for preserving food and maintaining hygiene that also makes disposing of it one of the key global challenges recognised for their fiendish complexity as “wicked problems” requiring multiple types of solutions to be developed by multiple academic disciplines and sectors of society.

This project seeks to improve how we use and dispose of plastic by looking at how we talk about plastic. It examines how local and national governments and organisations frame written, visual and verbal communication about plastic and asks how this can be translated into behaviour change and activism that leads to better laws and more effective governance.

The project investigates these discourses to learn how the “plastics story” is told in different countries and how this influences consumers, activists, regulators and other key decision-makers.

This project is funded under the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Networking Scheme: 2019 Global Challenges Research Fund Highlight Notice for International Development.

Project team

Principal Investigators

Oguge

Professor Nicholas Oguge

Principal Investigator, Network Director

Rosalind Malcolm

Professor Rosalind Malcolm

Co-principal Investigator, Network Co-director

UK team

Itziar Castello Molina

Dr Itziar Castello Molina

Co-investigator (leading on communications component)

Noreen O'Meara

Dr Noreen O'Meara

Co-investigator (leading on legal component)

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Dr Matthew Peacock

Research Fellow

Caribbean team

Prof Tony Clayton

Professor Anthony Clayton

Project Partner

Dr Andrea Clayton

Dr Andrea Clayton

Project Partner

Kwame Emmanuel

Dr Kwame Emmanuel

Legal and Communications Expert

Denmark team

Prof Maj Andersen

Professor Maj Andersen

Representative

Ethiopia team

Ethiopia

Professor Belay Simane

Project Partner

Ethiopia

Abduljelil Ahmedin Rida

Communications Expert

Ethiopia

Yohannes Geleta Sida

Research Assistant

Kenya team

Dr Francis Oranga

Dr Francis Oremo

Network Manager

Kenya

Dr James Oranga

Project Partner

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Salome Ondigo

Project Assistant

Kenya

Miriam Bomett

Kenya Association of Manufacturers Representative

Kenya

Irene Maithya

Research Assistant

Kenya

Hellen Adhiambo Omondi

Communications Expert

Malawi team

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Professor Thoko Kaime

Project Partner

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Isabelle Zundel

Communications and Legal Expert

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Tisungeni Tikhalenawo Kaime

Co-partner

Rwanda team

Rwanda

Dr Aime Tsinda

National Representative

Rwanda

Dr Marie Rose Turamwishimye

Communications and Legal Expert

Sweden team

Sweden

Dr Carl Dalhammar

Project Partner

Sweden

Dr Leonidas Milios

Representative

Tanzania team

Tanzania

Dr Alex Kisingo

Head of Research and Consultancy Department

Tanzania

Sia Jeremia Temu

Research Assistant

Uganda team

Uganda

Dr Lynn Atuyambe

Project Partner

Uganda

Harriet Adong

Communications Expert

Uganda

Felix Walyawula

Legal Expert