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SENSE PhD Graduate: Leah Ombis

PhD Graduation Student Leah Ombis

Location, date and time:


Aula, building 362, Gen. Foulkesweg 1, Wageningen

December 11, 2012
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Dissertation title:

Managing Plastic Waste in Urban Kenya: Niche Innovations in Production and Recycling

Thesis summary:

The problems with plastic waste in Kenyan cities are increasing to alarming levels. Especially disposable packaging made of very light plastic materials continues to burden the environment as well as compromise management capacities for waste by city authorities. In light of this, major cities of Kenya have in the last two decades registered participation of formal and informal private actors with strategies to curtail the flow of plastic waste to the environment. This study argues that such strategies herein referred to as innovations have the potential to transform the plastic waste scenario in Kenya and further foster an integrative regime between solid waste management and plastic production systems for plastic waste management. Strategic niche management and Multi-level perspective on socio-technical transitions that bases the success of an innovation on its actor networks, convergence of expectations and learning processes have been useful in the analysis of performance of the innovations. In-depth case studies on innovations in plastic waste management, plastic waste recycling and plastic prevention illustrate how and to what extent such innovations are able to transform the stultifying environmental condition and further become the foundation for developing an integrated regime for plastic waste management.

Group: Wageningen University, Environmental Policy
Promotor: A.P.J. Mol
Co-promotor: B.J.M. van Vliet

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Posted by: Marjolijn Dannenburg on September 19, 2012 11:33:22 AM +02:00