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Digital Innovations for a Circular Plastic Economy in Africa

Edited By Muyiwa Oyinlola, Oluwaseun Kolade Copyright 2023
    ISBN 9781032244099
    280 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    May 31, 2023 by Routledge

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    Plastic pollution is one of the biggest challenges of the twenty-first century, requiring innovative and varied solutions to address. Focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa, this book brings together interdisciplinary, multisectoral and multi-stakeholder perspectives exploring challenges and opportunities for utilising digital innovations to manage and accelerate the transition to a circular plastic economy (CPE).

    The book is organised into three sections bringing together discussion of environmental conditions, operational dimensions, and country case studies of digital transformation towards the circular plastic economy. It explores the environment for digitisation in the circular economy, bringing together perspectives from practitioners in academia, innovation, policy, civil society and government agencies. The book also highlights specific country case studies in relation to the development and implementation of different innovative ideas to drive the circular plastic economy across the three sub-Saharan African regions. Finally, the book interrogates the policy dimensions and practitioner perspectives towards a digitally enabled circular plastic economy.

    Written for a wide range of readers across academia, policy and practice, including researchers, students, SMEs, digital entrepreneurs, NGOs and multilateral agencies, policymakers and public officials, this book offers unique insights into complex, multi-layered issues relating to the production and management of plastic waste and highlights how digital innovations can drive the transition to the circular plastic economy in Africa.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Muyiwa Oyinlola and Oluwaseun Kolade

    Part 1: The Environment for Digitisation in the Circular Plastic Economy

    Chapter 2: Enabling a successful transition to a circular plastic economy in Africa

    Sunday Augustine Leonard

    Chapter 3: Digital Technologies and the Regime Complex for Plastics in Nigeria

    Natalie Beinisch

    Chapter 4: From polymers to microplastics: Plastic value chains in Africa

    Patrick Schröder and Muyiwa Oyinlola

    Chapter 5: Digital innovation ecosystem for the circular plastic economy

    Bosun Tijani, Muyiwa Oyinlola and Silifat Okoya

    Part 2: Digitisation in Action

    Chapter 6: Utilizing plastic waste to create 3D printed products in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Muyiwa Oyinlola, Silifat Okoya and Timothy Whitehead

    Chapter 7: Blockchains for circular plastic value chains

    Oluwaseun Kolade

    Chapter 8: Transitioning to a circular plastic economy in West Africa through digital innovation: Challenges and the way forward

    Victor Odumuyiwa and Ifeoluwa Akanmu

    Chapter 9: A multistakeholder, multi-sectoral approach to a circular plastic economy in Eastern Africa

    Oluwaseun Kolade, Muyiwa Oyinlola and Barry Rawn

    Chapter 10: The application of digital technology in the circular plastic economy in Southern Africa: Case studies of waste management start-ups from Namibia and Zambia

    Selma Lendelvo, Mecthilde Pinto, Florensa Amadhila, Luze Kloppers, Chifungu Samazaka, Raili Hasheela and John Sifani

    Part 3: A Digitally Enabled Circular Plastic Economy

    Chapter 11: BIG-STREAM: A framework for digitization in Africa’s circular plastic economy

    Celine Ilo, Muyiwa Oyinlola and Oluwaseun Kolade

    Chapter 12: A plastic data exchange platform for Africa’s circular plastic economy transition

    Olawunmi Ogunde, Muyiwa Oyinlola and Stuart R. Coles

    Chapter 13: Enhancing decentralised recycling solutions with digital technologies 

    Silifat Okoya, Muyiwa Oyinlola, Patrick Schröder, Oluwaseun Kolade and Soroush Abolfathi

    Chapter 14: Assessing plastic circular economy policies and the use of digital technology in Africa

    Olubunmi Ajala

    Chapter 15: Gender and digital innovation in the circular plastic economy in Africa

    Kutoma Wakunuma and Selma Lendelvo

    Chapter 16: Conclusion: The future of digitisation for the circular plastic economy in Africa

    Oluwaseun Kolade and Muyiwa Oyinlola



    Muyiwa Oyinlola is an Associate Professor in Engineering for Sustainable Development and Director of the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development at De Montfort University, UK. A chartered engineer, committed to engineering sustainable solutions for low and middle-income countries, his work places particular emphasis on identifying and integrating socio-cultural considerations required for the long-term success of engineering projects. He leads the DITCh Plastic network; a multisectoral, international and interdisciplinary network aimed at promoting and supporting digital innovations that can accelerate the circular plastic economy transition in Africa. He is committed to developing processes and products for the circular plastic economy.

    Oluwaseun Kolade is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management and Associate Head International at the School of Leadership, Management and Marketing, De Montfort University, Leicester UK, where he also chairs the African Entrepreneurship Cluster. With an engineering background and a PhD in International Development, Seun’s research activities cover the broad areas of transformative entrepreneuring, digital transformation, circular economy, and SMEs’ strategies in turbulent environments. Seun is an agile certified practitioner with experience of leading transdisciplinary projects involving international partners across public and private sectors. He has chaired international conferences and is an invited speaker in various international fora.

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