School of Natural and Built Environment
Project Title: What are the key barriers to more effective plastics recycling in Northern Ireland, and how might these be overcome?
My PhD research focuses on the plastics recycling sector in Northern Ireland. Taking a social-science-based approach and drawing on Sustainability Transitions research, it aims to provide a critical analysis of how well the sector is positioned in terms of playing a role in responding to the ecological crises facing society. This includes engaging with stakeholders and evaluating the effectiveness of government policy, legislation, the market and other factors in delivering on political promises towards a circular economy regarding plastic packaging. I am also interested in research on Post-growth, Just Transitions, Deep Ecology and other socio-political ideas that provide context to my work.