The Centre for a Waste-Free World’s Catalysts for Systemic and Behavioural Change program brings together QUT researchers from law, psychology, education, design, planning, chemistry and engineering to collaborate in new ways and create pathways for social change.
Central to our vision for creating a waste-free world is recognising that all opportunities for waste reduction occur within a social context – ranging from regulatory structures and systems through to experiences and behaviours of individuals.
A waste-free world requires major transformations to technologies, infrastructure, economic models, government regulations and the daily actions of individuals.
Social science can identify how existing regulations and governance structures can enable or constrain uptake of technical solutions. It can also develop new regulatory or governance approaches that facilitate change. Working collaboratively with government partners, we will streamline the fragmented and complex regulation of waste at international, federal, state and local levels and further our understanding of how regulatory interventions drive sustainable consumption.
At the level of the individual, social science can identify strategies to promote adoption of both private waste-reduction behaviours and public engagement needed to demonstrate support for new policies and practices. Working with community-based partners, we will develop new communication, educational, behaviour change and engagement techniques, and evaluate their impact on the adoption of new behaviours and practices throughout society.