Practicing Anthropology: Volume 45, Issue 2
The Spring 2023 edition of Practicing Anthropology, a publication of the Society for Applied Anthropology, is dedicated to plastic waste and features the work of USAID’s Clean Cities, Blue Ocean—the Agency’s flagship program to address ocean plastic pollution—and several of its research partners. Social scientists have not traditionally focused on the topic of solid waste management and plastic waste research. However, waste presents enormous opportunities for interdisciplinary study and action—to protect our environment and address social inequalities related to the collection and treatment of waste.
USAID Clean Cities, Blue Ocean employs a holistic approach to addressing ocean plastic pollution, acknowledging that there is no single solution to prevent environmental leakage. An essential part of that approach involves social and behavior change research to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastic waste. Social and behavior change research helps policy makers understand which behaviors a population can and is willing to do—and what is difficult for people to do—in order to support their efforts strengthening waste management systems. Learn more about how this research is helping social and behavior change programmers to identify very specifically what issues must be addressed and how.
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Kathleen Skoczen, Natividad Pantaleón, and Daniel Abreu
Laurie Krieger, Natividad Pantaleón, and Daniel Abreu
Mizna Mohamed, Katarzyna Izydorczyk, Azhoora Ahmed, Mohamed Ibrahim, and Gordon Jackson
Mizna Mohamed and Ahmed Jameel
Kathleen Skoczen and Maria Caram Ibarra
Raul Caceres, John Vincent Gastanes, and Shellemai Roa
Learn more and access the original articles on the Practicing Anthropology website.