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Action Research In Waste Management: Application to construction and demolition waste in the Stockholm region
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Ecology.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Ecology.
2010 (English)In: Linnaeus ECO-TECH ´10 / [ed] Fabio Kaczala, Linnaeus University , 2010, 1009-1019 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The action research methodology and several of its methods have previously been highlighted and described by the authors as a fitting and rigorous framework approach for complex waste management systems.  This was in response to criticism of the ex ante selection of traditional empiric systems analysis tools to provide decision support and ‘sustainable improvement’ in such complex systems which often involve strong human and political factors.   Several of the action research methods described have recently been utilized in a case study around mineral (aggregate) construction and demolition waste in the Stockholm region.  These methods were integrated through a series of workshops and work areas undergone together with project members from several private and public sectors.  Leaving the problem fuzzy (loosely defined) in the beginning; utilizing convergent interviewing, rich pictures and focus groups allowed the researchers and partner stakeholders to identify not one but several problem areas within the system of focus.  Indicator creation and a dialectic processes were then used to identify qualitative and quantitative aspects of salience around these problem areas.  These resulting indicators were strengthened through a process of verification.  Each indicator was then analyzed by what was deemed to be appropriate and transparent means.  It is argued that this approach may create better communication, transparency, and understanding by the stakeholders.  These factors in turn allowing stronger stakeholder ownership of the process and assisting in more informed decisions and help to provide stability for desired change. However the process was not without its drawbacks such as intense communication and time requirements.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linnaeus University , 2010. 1009-1019 p.
Keyword [en]
waste management, action research, post normal
National Category
Other Natural Sciences Environmental Management
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-50217OAI: diva2:461316
International Conference on Natural Sciences and Technologies for Waste and Wastewater Treatment, Remediation, Emissions Related to Climate, Environmental and Economic Effects
Project BRA
QC 20120110Available from: 2012-01-10 Created: 2011-12-02 Last updated: 2013-05-22Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Industrial Ecology Methods within Engagement Processes for Industrial Resource Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Industrial Ecology Methods within Engagement Processes for Industrial Resource Management
2013 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The global use of resources such as materials, energy, and water has surpassed sustainable levels by many accounts.  The research presented here was explicitly normative in its aim to improve the understanding of, and make sustainable change toward highly systemic issues of resource management.  The core methods chosen to work toward this aim were bottom up action research procedures (including stakeholder engagement processes) and industrial ecology analysis tools.  These methods were employed and tested in pragmatic combination through two of the author’s case study projects. The first case study, performed between 2009 and 2012, employed a multi-stakeholder process aimed at improving the cycling of construction and demolition waste in the Stockholm region.  The second case study produced a strategic tool (Looplocal) built for facilitating more efficient regional industrial resource networks. While the highly participative aim of the cases required a larger contribution of resources than that of more closed studies, it is arguable that the efficacy of approaching the project aims is improved through their employment. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2013. xv, 52 p.
Trita-IM, ISSN 1402-7615 ; 2013:10
Resource Management, Recycling, Stakeholder Participation, Industrial Symbiosis, Construction and Demolition
National Category
Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology Construction Management Information Systems Transport Systems and Logistics
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-122403 (URN)978-91-7501-796-9 (ISBN)
2013-06-11, E3, Osquarsbacke 14, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)

QC 20130522

Available from: 2013-05-22 Created: 2013-05-20 Last updated: 2013-05-22Bibliographically approved

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