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

  • Corvellec, Hervé (Researcher)
  • Ek, Richard (Researcher)
  • Patrik, Zapata (Researcher)
  • Zapata Campos, María José (Researcher)
  • Svingstedt, Anette (Researcher)
  • Johansson, Nils (Researcher)

Project: Research

Project Details


This project deals with the principle formulated by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency that sustainable waste policy should be oriented toward waste prevention and not only waste management. National authorities can steer through decisions and legislation, and introduce incitements and control mechanisms. But practical responsibility for a sustainable waste reduction is given to a non coordinated mix of local actors.

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, a Swedish research council for sustainable development

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

UKÄ subject classification

  • Sociology
  • Business Administration
  • Human Geography

Free keywords

  • Waste
  • Waste prevention
  • Action nets
  • Opening the Bin

    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