Solving the energy drinks’ single-use plastic pollution problem: Developing and disseminating the message to stop single-use plastic pollution – MRes Scholarship

 

Solving the energy drinks’ single-use plastic pollution problem: Developing and disseminating the message to stop single-use plastic pollution

School of Arts, Culture and Language, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2E094
Annual Stipend: £13,131
Application Deadline: 12th December 2022.

Plastic pollution has been branded an environmental disaster and the dropping of single-use items by individuals is a contributing factor (United Nations, 2022). This “single-use pollution”, or litter, increased significantly during the Covid pandemic when lockdowns were eased and ‘staycations’ became the norm. It continues to be a major problem in Wales’ most visited areas. This multi-disciplinary project aims to understand how a shared responsibility for preventing littering can be achieved between the individual dropping it, the groups picking it up, and the producer of the original product. Such findings will not only help to raise awareness of the problem but also help to prevent the damaging amounts of litter being dropped throughout Wales’ national parks and other rural spaces; an issue which has been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic.

The project will entail quantitative surveys and semi-structured qualitative interviews, an assessment of tobacco-style warnings and effective media messaging, as well as semiotics, branding and marketing. 

The project is supervised by Professor Nathan Abrams (Arts Culture and Language), Dr Christian Dunn (Natural Sciences) and Dr Martyn Kurr (Ocean Sciences) and Mr Dom Ferris (Trash Free Trails).

To apply for this studentship, please e-mail a CV, a degree transcript and a covering letter, along with one reference letter, to Prof Nathan Abrams (n.abrams@bangor.ac.uk) and cc p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk. The closing date for applications is 12/12/2022. Successful applicants would be able to start the degree on or before January 2023. For enquiries, please e-mail n.abrams@bangor.ac.uk.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2 East) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for East Wales.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in East Wales on University registration,  and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.