Networks for Change – Mapping networks and influence for plastics in the South West


TIME: 9:30 am — 2:30 pm
VENUE: University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, Exeter, EX4 4QG


The second workshop of the ExeMPLaR research project. The purpose of this workshop is to understand who the stakeholders in the plastics economy are, to map their motivations for the status quo and for change, and to begin to identify possible levers for change, by bringing together a range of industry practitioners, policymakers and leaders who are local to the southwest.

You will engage in a variety of activities to answer the question of “who”, “why”, and “how to change”. The role of the facilitators is to set the scene at the beginning, encourage lively discussion and then capture the best bits. By the end of the day, you will co-create a network for change that will be shared on the ExeMPLaR platform with all participants. Just to be clear, everything discussed will be treated in confidence along ‘Chatham House’ rules, and in accordance with the University of Exeter’s code of ethics.


09:30 – 10.00 Registration & Refreshments

10.00 – 10.10 Welcome: Dr. Joanne Smith (Assoc. Professor)

10:10 – 10:30 Networks for Change – an introduction (JS)

10:30 – 11.15 Workshop Session 1: Who?

  • What are the groups/stakeholders in the plastic economy?
  • What is the size of stakeholder/influence/impact?
  • Stakeholder relationships – conflict/congruent?

(11:15 – 11:30 Coffee available)

11:30 – 12:15 Workshop Session 2: Why?

  • What is their ‘stake’?
  • Costs & benefits of status quo (why?)
  • Costs & benefits of ‘change’

12.15 – 13:00 Lunch & Networking

13:00 – 13:45 Workshop Session 3: How to change?

  • Levers for change – for each stakeholder/group
  • Synergies/relationships among levers (unintended consequences)

13:45 – 14:30 Workshop Conclusion: Shared narrative

14:30 Event Ends


Room 219, Washington Singer Laboratories, Perry Road, University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, Exeter, EX4 4QG


Places are limited so if you are unable to attend after signing up please do let us know.