Information Sheet for Potential Participants

My name is Stanley Nwankpa and I am a Postgraduate student from the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. As part of my PhD course, I am undertaking a research project for my Doctor of Philosophy thesis. The title of my project is: A post-normal science approach to understanding the real issues, challenges and contexts of municipal solid waste (MSW) management in developing countries – A case study of Aba-urban in Abia State, Nigeria.

This study will investigate the realities and challenges of waste management in Aba and articulate a vision and action plan towards an integrated sustainable waste management system in the city.

This research is self-funded but supported by the Abia State Government.

I am looking for volunteers to participate in the project. There are no criteria (e.g. gender, age, or health) for being included or excluded – everyone is welcome to take part.
The researcher is not aware of any risks associated with this project. You will be free to withdraw from the study at any stage and you would not have to give a reason.

If you are interested in participating in the focus group discussions, details of the venue and time will be made available to you. Light refreshments will be provided and you will have the opportunity of exchanging ideas with other participants from various stakeholder groups.
All data will be anonymised as much as possible, but you may be identifiable from tape recordings of your voice or photos taken with your permission. Your name will be replaced with a participant number, and it will not be possible for you to be identified in any reporting of the data gathered.

The results may be published in a journal or presented at a conference. It may also be used by government in decision making regarding future waste management policies.

If you would like to contact an independent person, who knows about this project but is not involved in it, you are welcome to contact Dr Emeka Oguzie. His contact details are given below.

If you have read and understood this information sheet, any questions you had have been answered, and you would like to be a participant in the study, please now see the consent form.

Contact details of the researcher

Name of researcher: Stanley Nwankpa

Address: Doctoral Candidate,
Sociology
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Queen Margaret University Drive
Musselburgh
East Lothian EH21 6UU

Email / Telephone: SNwankpa@qmu.ac.uk / 0131 474 0000
Contact details of the independent adviser

Name of adviser: Prof Emeka Oguzie

Address: Environmental Science Department
Federal University of Technology, Owerri
P.M.B 1526
Owerri, Imo State

Email / Telephone: emekaoguzie@gmail.com / 08037026581