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Title: Implementation of a structured decision-making framework to evaluate and advance understanding of airborne microplastics
Authors: Tiernan, H
Friedman, S
Clube, RKM
Burgman, MA
Castillo, AC
Stettler, MEJ
Kazarian, SG
Wright, S
De Nazelle, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Microplastic pollution is increasingly recognised as a global environmental challenge which stems from the rapid growth of the use of petrochemical-derived plastic. As researchers and practitioners face a myriad of environmental challenges, oceanic microplastic pollution has so far dominated interest. However, airborne microplastics present an increasing environmental and public health concern. There is currently a need for research addressing this emerging challenge, and at the same time, the lack of knowledge and consensus regarding airborne microplastics presents an obstacle to action. The purpose of this study is to utilise a participatory Structured Decision-Making (SDM) approach to understand the perspectives of a range of stakeholders involved in the microplastics landscape, and subsequently refine common research priorities and knowledge gaps to advance the field. Through two participatory workshops, we first defined shared objectives of stakeholders and then negotiated best courses of action to achieve these objectives based on discussion between stakeholders and facilitators. The qualitative approach taken has enabled the full, complex and multidisciplinary aspects of the research into airborne microplastic pollution to be considered. Our findings highlight some important potential consequences of airborne microplastic pollution, including impacts on human health, and the need for more interdisciplinary research, and collaborative, integrated approaches in this area. As a result of the first workshop, five fundamental objectives on the theme of airborne microplastics were identified. As a direct consequence of this, participants identified 84 actions split across eight themes, which are outlined later in this paper.
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2022
Date of Acceptance: 11-May-2022
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/97916
DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2022.05.005
ISSN: 1462-9011
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 169
End Page: 181
Journal / Book Title: Environmental Science and Policy
Volume: 135
Copyright Statement: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by- nc-nd/4.0/).
Sponsor/Funder: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Natural Environment Research Council [2006-2012]
Funder's Grant Number: NE/T0076051
NE/T0076051
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Airborne microplastics
Microplastic pollution
Decision-making
Plastic policy
PLASTIC POLLUTION
STAKEHOLDER
HEALTH
SCIENCE
AREAS
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Airborne microplastics
Microplastic pollution
Decision-making
Plastic policy
PLASTIC POLLUTION
STAKEHOLDER
HEALTH
SCIENCE
AREAS
Environmental Sciences
05 Environmental Sciences
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
16 Studies in Human Society
Publication Status: Published
Open Access location: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901122001654
Online Publication Date: 2022-05-28
Appears in Collections:Centre for Environmental Policy
Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Medicine
School of Public Health
Faculty of Natural Sciences



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