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Randika Jayasinghe

Phone: (+61 8) 6488 8102

Start date

Feb 2011

Submission date

Feb 2015

Randika Jayasinghe

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Developing poverty reducing solutions for Sustainable Waste Management in Sri Lanka


This research will focus on generating poverty reducing solutions for a serious socio-environmental issue in developing countries; the waste problem. It will take on explicitly the social justice stance on waste and will look at waste management through a lens of social justice. The research is intended to be an initiative to develop community-based projects for marginalised sectors such as small-scale recyclers, waste collectors and community based organizations involved in waste management in Sri Lanka. The research will focus on carrying out needs and feasibility studies and a social impact assessment to study the socio-economic and the environmental viability of implementing a natural fibre composite (NFCs) project using thermo plastics and naturally-based waste materials. This innovative model of waste management coupled with poverty reduction was developed by the organization Waste for Life (WfL). Hence, the research will be carried out in collaboration with WfL. The intention is to reduce poverty by generating more stable income sources for marginalised groups working with waste as well as providing a sustainable mechanism of waste management.

Why my research is important

This research will initiate the potential establishment of a real system in Sri Lanka, which will benefit marginalised people who work with waste in the country, both socio-economically and environmentally. A study on the potentiality of implementing a waste based composite project will add new knowledge to the scientific, social and technical aspects of waste management in a developing context. The research will also highlight the importance of socially just engineering practices. Many livelihood development projects in developing countries fail due to lack of background research prior to implementing the projects. Hence, lessons learnt from this research, relating to implementation and the overall social impact of this kind of a novel project will help to bridge the knowledge gap and will be a useful learning tool for similar livelihood development projects to be carried out in the future.


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Natural fibre composite products designed by students for Waste for Life

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