Investigating Innovative Waste Economies: redrawing the circular economy

  • Hawkins, Gay (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Healy, Stephen (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Mellick Lopes, Abby (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Lane, Ruth (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Australia is facing a waste crisis and the circular economy is being promoted as a solution. This project will investigate innovative cultural and economic practices in three waste streams: single use plastics, organics and bulky household waste to understand how they realise or redraw the circle. The project will contribute empirical evidence and new thinking about how different waste/economy relations are developed and what kinds of cultural innovations are generated as a result. Outcomes include national and international case studies of novel waste economies, social learning events with industry stakeholders and academic papers. Key benefits will be evidence of how different waste practices can provoke more sustainable ways of living.
Short titleInnovative Waste Economies
Effective start/end date16/08/2115/08/24


  • circular economy
  • waste
  • economisation
  • innovation
  • crisis
  • practices
  • organisations