From waste management to waste prevention. Closing implementation gaps through sustainable action nets

Project: ResearchInterdisciplinary research, National collaboration, Collaboration with municipalities and county councils, Collaboration with industry

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Sociology
  • Business Administration
  • Human Geography

Layman's description

The aim of this research project is to identify and explain gaps between planning and implementation for sustainable development based on the case of waste prevention. Waste prevention illustrates the gaps that tend to appear between plans and outcomes when local authorities implement a national policy in collaboration with actors (corporations, associations,citizens) with diverging interests and priorities. Providing a theoretical understanding of implementation gaps is necessary if planning is to be effective.\r\n\r\nThe project combines action net theory and sociological new institutionalism to show that planning can be conceptualized as the envisioning of actions aimed at building new nets of relations among actors and stabilizing these relations into action nets that stand for new behaviors.\r\n\r\nThe project rests on case studies and a series of interactive workshops where actors involved in waste prevention and researchers gather to identify obstacles to plan for waste prevention in order to better prevent gaps between planning and implementation.
Effective start/end date2014/01/012017/12/31

Collaborative partners

  • Lund University (lead)
  • University of Gothenburg
  • FORMAS, Forskningsrådet för miljö, areella näringar och samhällsbyggande


Related research output

Hervé Corvellec, Richard Ek, Patrik, Z. & Zapata Campos, M. J., 2018 Jun 12, In : Accounting, Organizations and Society. 67, June, p. 56-65 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hervé Corvellec, 2016 Apr 20, Department of service management and service studies, Lund university. 50 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReport

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Related activities

Richard Ek (Organiser), Hervé Corvellec (Organiser), María José Zapata Campos (Member of programme committee), Zapata Patrik (Member of programme committee), Anette Svingstedt (Member of programme committee), Nils Johansson (Member of programme committee)
2017 Apr 272017 Apr 29

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of workshop/ seminar/ course

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