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Assessing Public Attitudes and Behaviour to Household Waste Management in Cameroon to Drive Strategy Development: A Q Methodological Approach

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  • Lawrence O. Mbeng

    () (School of Applied Sciences, University of Northampton, Northampton NN2 7AL, UK)

  • Jane Probert

    () (School of Business and Economics, Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK)

  • Paul S. Phillips

    () (School of Applied Sciences, University of Northampton, Northampton NN2 7AL, UK)

  • Roy Fairweather

    () (School of Applied Sciences, University of Northampton, Northampton NN2 7AL, UK)

Abstract

Household waste is an environmental and public health problem, especially for the large cities in Sub-Saharan African countries. While the improper management of household waste in Cameroon is linked to the systematic failure of policy makers and municipal authorities to identify the most sustainable ways of dealing with it in such a manner that is in line is with their socio-economic aspirations, the impact of public attitudes and behaviour has been neglected. It is in this context that this paper uses Q-methodology, a powerful methodology for identifying the different trends in behaviour in the management of household waste in Douala, Cameroon.

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  • Lawrence O. Mbeng & Jane Probert & Paul S. Phillips & Roy Fairweather, 2009. "Assessing Public Attitudes and Behaviour to Household Waste Management in Cameroon to Drive Strategy Development: A Q Methodological Approach," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 1(3), pages 1-17, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:1:y:2009:i:3:p:556-572:d:5681
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    1. Exel, Job van & Graaf, Gjalt de & Brouwer, Werner, 2007. "Care for a break? An investigation of informal caregivers' attitudes toward respite care using Q-methodology," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 83(2-3), pages 332-342, October.
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    Keywords

    Q methodology; public attitudes and behaviour; household waste; composting; education; capacity building; third sector organisations;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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