Special Issue "Sustainable Waste Technology and Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.
Interests: sustainability, participatory resource management; waste governance; solid waste and recycling; food security; sustainable livelihoods; cooperatives; grassroots social innovation; qualitative research methodology; community based research
Interests: wastewater/greywater treatment and management; global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), environmental health; solid waste management; sustainable sanitation; resource and energy recovery; community-based research; water resources management; and disaster/hazard risk reduction
Building sustainability is a major current concern in times of climate change, environmental degradation and growing poverty, which requires unprecedented collaboration between civil society, government and business. Waste is a core sustainability challenge, and decisions regarding which practices or technologies to apply can have beneficial or detrimental long-term consequences. Global annual solid waste generation is projected to reach 3.4 billion tones over the next three decades, and it is critical for environmental and human health to act now and manage our waste in sustainable ways. Grassroots practices can make a substantial contribution to developing new technologies, approaches and models in waste management. Bottom-up organizations and networks in waste management (e.g. community based organizations, cooperatives, associations, unions, social enterprises) can forge a new conceptualization of the public and its role in service delivery and environmental protection. Seyfang and Smith (2007: 585) “use the term ‘grassroots innovations’ to describe networks of activists and organisations generating novel bottom up solutions for sustainable development; solutions that respond to the local situation and the interests and values of the communities involved”. We understand grassroots social innovations as bottom-up, democratic processes, actively engaging community members in the design, development or production of an innovation (which can be a technology, strategy or management practice), benefitting the public and bringing social change, approved and owned by the grassroots. Here grassroots take the form of community-based initiatives that emerge in a specific local context and explore alternative configurations in waste management. This Special Issue is particularly geared towards stimulating the debate on grassroots innovations making waste technology and management more sustainable. We encourage original articles on innovative waste collection and recycling models, good waste governance, role of wide range of different actors in waste management and governance, bottom-up circular economy models and any other grassroots innovation that makes waste management more sustainable. We welcome practical lessons or success stories on sustainable ways of dealing with waste, across various cities in different countries as well as theoretical discussions on grassroots innovations fostering sustainable waste technology and management.
Azevedo, A.M.M.de; Carenzo, S.; Goodluck, C.; Gutberlet, J.; Kain, J.-H.; Oloko, M.O.; Pérez Reynosa, J.; Zapata, P.; Zapata Campos, M. J. (2018). Inclusive Waste Governance and Grassroots Innovations for Social, Environmental and Economic Change; Swedish Research Council (n° 2016-06289) and Canada Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (n° 890-2016-0098). In collaboration with WIEGO. ISBN 978-91-984547-3-4. http://www.wiego.org/reports/inclusive-waste-governance-and-grassroots-innovations-social-environmental-and-economic-chan
Gutberlet, J.; Carenzo, S.; Kain, J-H.; de Azevedo, A.M.M. Waste Picker Organizations and Their Contribution to the Circular Economy: Two Case Studies from a Global South Perspective. Resources 2017, 6, 1–12. www.mdpi.com/2079-9276/6/4/52/pdf
Seyfang, G.; Smith, A., Grassroots innovations for sustainable development: Towards a new research and policy agenda. Environ. Polit. 2007, 16, 584–603.
Smith, A.; Fressoli, M.; Abrol, D.; Around, E.; Ely, A. Grassroots Innovation Movements; Routledge: New York, NY, USA, 2016.
Prof. Dr. Jutta Gutberlet
Dr. Sayed Mohammad Nazim Uddin
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- Grassroots innovation
- Social innovation
- Reuse, reduce, recycle
- Zero waste
- Community action
- Community based organization
- Consumption and waste
- Waste governance
- Sustainable development
- Waste and GIS
- Public policy