Recognition of the need for a more sustainable approach to the management of waste has grown at the European Union, national and local levels in recent years.

This report, focusing on Regional Technical Advisory Bodies, examines how new policy agendas, institutional arrangements and political pressures are influencing planning for waste management.

The report is based on a three year project funded by the Economic and Social research Council. It finds that, while there is a distinct role for resolving waste issues at the regional level, the absence of an elected tier of regional government complicates the ability of regional institutions such as RTABs to fulfil that role.

The key challenge for regional planning structures, it says, is to “provide transparent and inclusive arenas in which potential tensions within and between local and regional priorities can be played out, and consensus can be sought.”

To obtain a copy of the report contact Prof. Simin Davoudi s.davoudi@leedsmet.ac.uk ISBN 1901963497