Research led by Professor Simin Davoudi investigating how policy and political pressures are influencing current processes across England have been central to new government guidance on waste policy.

As pressure to hit international climate change targets mounts, realisation that waste management is no longer a fringe issue is dawning at national, regional and local level. But, in most cases, there have been problems with the required combination of strategic direction, political leadership and technical expertise to turn the vision of sustainable waste management into short-term success. This is the conclusion of research into how well the regional structures set up to manage waste policy in England have worked.

The study, led by Professor Simin Davoudi, points to the need for better integration of local and regional planning processes, improved co-ordination between the central government departments responsible for waste planning and waste management, greater clarity of the role of regional bodies and a strengthening of their links with stakeholders.

Impacts

  • The findings have been central to new government guidance on waste policy. Both the Department of Communities and Local Government and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have responded by strengthening the role of regions in developing waste planning policy.
  • The research provided policy-planners and decision-makers with the evidence they needed to correct mistakes made in the past and introduce new models of waste management.