4. Research  Purpose

The overall intent of the study is to connect dots between society, the built environment, social-cultural context in which they are embedded and organic waste management. This research looks at providing another clarification to the current perspective of sustainability in developing communities. To do this we integrate indicators concerning people, food waste, household dynamics, neighborhood structure and daily practices.

Wastestudies looks at the issues related to waste and society by focusing on ways of life and waste production in urban communities. Wastestudies explains waste issues at the social-cultural level allowing us to add another layer of characteristics, which speaks to most members of society. We consider signs, symbols, perception, feelings and attitudes as much as quantitative mode of inquiries. This permits an holistic description of the problem and its meaning.

Wastestudies provides a platform for communities, local governments and waste practitioners to come up with tailored solutions to tackle poor waste management and social negligence.


1. Alternative knowledge claim

Advocacy/ Participatory: addressing issues of inequality and social justice

Pragmatism: concerns for application searching for solutions - creating knowledge through action

  1. People

  2. Food waste

  3. Household

  4. Neighborhood

  5. Embedded practices


Participatory data collection process focusing on what’s work

Society + [Waste] + Space +Nature

In this study, Action research is used as an umbrella term covering both qualitative and quantitative methods. Both modes of inquiries integrate the collaborative work of participants and organizational institutions to foster social change.

Planning, Action and Critical Reflection are alternated producing a continued refinement of methods. The qualitative exploration searchs for daily discourses and everyday life activities. The  quantitative survey looks for facts about space and waste.

2. Study dimension




3. Methodology