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Behaviour Change: Scoping the Way Forward - WR0508

Waste policy has a pivotal role in influencing consumer attitudes and behaviour change towards sustainable approaches to waste and resource management.

It has been recognised by many waste professionals that there is a large body of available research and information, particularly from the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme (LTCS) projects, on the social dimensions of waste management and on evaluation of campaign success or failure factors. However, research in this area has not been exposed fully and has suffered from a lack of central coordination.

Understanding the extent and characteristics of research on influencing consumer attitudes and behavioural change towards sustainable waste and resources management will help to identify evidence-based opportunities that could support recommendations for future policy development and successful implementation of behavioural change.

This initial scoping study aims to provide a broad overview of recent and developing research related to behavioural change programmes in the UK. It will form the basis for future research in this area.
The aim of this short scoping study is to provide a broad overview of recent and developing research relating to behaviour change programmes in the UK.

The objectives are four-fold:

- To identify and gather recent and developing research and materials.
- To develop a categorised matrix to record the characteristics of the research and materials identified.
- To undertake a gap analysis.
- To make recommendations to the Waste and Resources Research Programme for future opportunities and priorities to inform waste policy in this area.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Scoping Study on Behavioural Change   (209k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2005

Cost: £9,775
Contractor / Funded Organisations
AEA Technology
Behaviour change              
Decision Support              
Decision support tools for strategic development              
Environmental Change              
Environmental Impact              
Environmental Protection              
Methodologies/forecasting tools - data collection              
Monitoring and evaluation              
Natural Resource Use              
Other Policy              
Overarching Issues/Stakeholder Forums              
Social Dimension              
Social Research              
Sustainable Consumption and Production              
Sustainable Development              
Understand/enhance pro-environmental behaviour              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Waste Management