How household innovation can help Australia’s urban waste crisis

Associate Professor of Human Geography, Ruth Lane, is leading a team of researchers on a new Australian Research Council Discovery Project: Household innovation and the transition to the low waste city.

Australia is experiencing an urban waste crisis. Long-term solutions require new strategies to reduce waste generation and, to be effective, these will need the engagement and active participation of households.

This project examines the capacity for experimentation and innovation in households for transitioning to low waste cities. It will combine studies of demographic profiles of household waste generation, household low waste experiments and policy rationales and co-design to propose realistic pathways for decreasing waste generation.

The research outcomes are critical for understanding and supporting low waste transition pathways. The knowledge developed will support urban sustainability transitions in Australia and internationally.