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Honours Project Autumn 2018 - A cultural geography of cups: single-use plastics, consumer practices and waste.

The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities in association with the Boomerang Alliance and Plastic Free Wollongong is currently seeking applicants for a one-year honours project, commencing in Autumn 2018, exploring the ways that consumers engage with single-use plastic. Through the rise of ‘take away’ food and beverage consumption, single-use coffee cups have contributed to both the volume and flow of waste and waste processing in consumer societies. ‘Reusable cups’ potentially stem this flow, but we know very little about the factors shaping consumer experiences and practices of non-disposable cups. With the increasing alignment of sustainability with non-disposable lifestyles, the study aims to develop a clearer insight into whether and how the everyday environmental practices of consumers are redefining ‘modern convenience’. It is envisaged that this project will contribute to a clearer understanding of consumer practices of waste reduction in Australian cities, and will inform advocacy and innovation within the movement of a new age responsible cafes network.

To register your interest please submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Dr Nicole Cook (ncook@uow.edu.au) by Friday 9 February 2018. Successful applicants will need to be eligible for enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (1875) or the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) (345).​