This picture highlights some aspects of what and where we contribute to policy and practice in sustainable waste and resource management.

wordle of IWS actvities and interests

Much of our work is practioner based. We offer a pragmatic and applied approach combined with objectivity and rigour. IWS is concerned with generating policy-relevant understanding of more sustainable ways to manage waste and resources. 

The group believes in partnership and multi-disciplinary working and has a strong record of applied research projects with government, commercial and research collaborators including DEFRA, Environment Agency, WRAP, SEPA, Health and Safety Executive, Veolia, Shanks Group, Biffa, Sita, Southampton University, Ipsos MORI, Association for Organics Recycling, New Economics Foundation, Community Composting Network and Hampshire County Council.

Our research on social and policy aspects includes understanding attitudes and perceptions, sustainable behaviours, the role of the community and voluntary sector, governance and policy analysis.  Scientific and technological work includes research on waste characterisation, health impacts and bio-processing.

Our research also contributes to the university's teaching on the environment and we offer opportunities for research degrees.

IWS aims to:

  • Advance and disseminate knowledge of the policy and practice of effective, sustainable management of waste and resources
  • Engage with stakeholders to progress understanding of the social, attitudinal and behavioural issues of sustainable resource use
  • Develop and promote integrated waste processing technologies, particularly in the processing of biodegradable waste, which are environmentally sustainable and economically viable
  • Actively engage with the waste management industry, local authorities and community-based waste management organisations
  • Develop educational materials on wastes technology and management.
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