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Exploring behavioural change in Nigeria and Sri Lanka

The Commonwealth Blue Charter affirms our collective commitment to preserving and nurturing the world’s oceans. Part of this includes tackling marine pollution – specifically the issue of marine plastics, which are drastically affecting the health of our oceans, marine life, and the Blue Economy.

Between January and March 2019, 38 Blue Charter Fellows from 12 countries travelled to ACU member universities overseas for collaborative research work focused on marine plastic pollution. Dr Emeka Dumbili and Professor Rupika Rajakaruna were awarded Blue Charter fellowships at Brunel University London hosted by Dr Lesley Henderson in the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies, College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences.

Their projects addressed the use of media and communication theory and approaches to behavioural change, social practices and awareness of recycling & waste disposal amongst Nigerian students and sea turtle hatchery workers. The project drew on social science methods and understandings of public and environmental health behaviours. It was designed to build capacity in Nigeria and Sri Lanka and to help develop an ongoing sustainable legacy beyond the period of fellowship.


  • Henderson, L. Invited speaker (February 2019) International public engagement around marine plastics. Blue Charter Academy of Commonwealth Universities. The Association of Commonwealth Universities. Woburn House London.

Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project

Dr Lesley Henderson

Related Research Group(s)


Sustainable Plastics - SPLaSH group combines the strengths of social scientists in the Department of Social and Political Sciences with colleagues working in the area of plastic pollution from Environmental Sciences, Design, Business & Marketing, and Engineering. We are leading experts on behaviour change, public health protection, resource and waste management, governance aspects and sustainability design.

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Project last modified 09/01/2024