May 23rd 2006, Milton Keynes. The Integrated Waste Systems research groups at the Open University are holding a half-day (am) workshop on the role of partnerships for more sustainable resource, recycling and waste systems on May 23rd at the OU in Milton Keynes.  

The workshop will useful to local authorities and their service providers, and delegates include representatives from Defra, IDeA Innovation Forum, local authorities, commercial waste companies, and community sector organisation.

The workshop will discuss findings from a recent ESRC funded research project that worked with different types of partnership to build case-studies of their working experience, and explore whether / how partnerships can play a role in moving towards more sustainable systems.

The workshop will be interactive, and delegates will have an opportunity to express and explore their views on the current role and the future of partnership working between local authorities, service providers and other stakeholders.

As well as being both useful and informative, the workshop will give authorities an opportunity to air their views and feed into policy recommendations that will arise from the project. The workshop is free and lunch will be provided. A link to more details about the workshop and registration form is available at: http://technology.open.ac.uk/iws/docs/partnershipworkshop.pdf