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Plastic pollution in Nigeria


Project description

Plastic pollution in Nigeria: A study of young adults and 'pure' water.

The study will explore perceptions of plastic pollution and social practices concerning ‘pure water’ sachets amongst a selected group of young adults in Awka, Nigeria (18-25 years). The study will identify knowledge gaps which can inform campaigns and awareness materials; findings will be disseminated via media campaigns and publicity among students and staff via university Radio station (UNIZIK Radio) We will work with leading media figures in Nigeria broadcasting to develop a legacy beyond the project and share findings with our existing contacts at WHO and other organisations. Given that the majority of plastic pollution originates from land, this research will be of interest and benefit to land-based waste management policy makers This qualitative project will contribute to the growing literature on plastic pollution as there is a dearth of social science research into this topic globally. Given the global significance of plastic pollution it is important to examine cultural attitudes and social practices in Nigeria with regard to plastic waste, perceptions of citizenship and social change. It is anticipated that this study will lead to a larger global network of researchers addressing the cultural specificity of plastic pollution.


Dumbili E and Henderson, L. (2019) The Challenge of Plastic Pollution in Nigeria. In Letcher, TM. (ed.) Plastic Waste and Recycling: Environmental Impact, Societal Issues and the Circular Economy.

Elsevier Dumbili, E. and Henderson, L. (2017) 'Mediating Alcohol Use in Eastern Nigeria: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Role of Popular Media in Young People's Recreational Drinking'. Health Education Research,32(3) 279-291.doi:10.1093/her/cyx043

Henderson, L and Dumbili, E. (2017) 'Learning to Drink in Nigeria: Tales from Hollywood and Nollywood' https://www.cost-ofliving.net/learning-to-drink-in-nigeria-tales-from-hollywood-and-nollywood/