I work as a doctoral student within the field of Resource Recovery where I focus on the experiences that people make with waste sorting after they move to Sweden from abroad. I started working at the University of Borås in 2018. Before that, I studied Occupational Therapy and focused on Occupational Science at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
At present, I am writing my doctoral dissertation in which I am developing knowledge on the how people moving to Sweden from abroad experience waste sorting, from an occupational science perspective. Occupational Science is concerned with human adaptation and patterns of “doing” and engaging in occupations of all sorts. This perspective in this multidisciplinary research project has the potential to benefit Resource Recovery and to contribute to knowledge that is of benefit to people moving to Sweden and learning how to sort, as well as municipalities to whom incorrectly sorted waste is very costly. Moreover, knowledge on how waste sorting is experienced and what sort of interventions can help those that are new to a particular recycling scheme, or the concept of recycling, might be useful with respect to ongoing efforts around the globe to build recycling schemes or to make existing ones more sustainable. Because of the increased consumption in society and the increase in variety and quantity of waste affiliated to it, this might make a contribution to current efforts to raise environmental awareness and sustainability among all actors involved.
Understanding the occupation of waste sorting with all its facets and elements from an occupational science perspective as people with a migration background experience it can stimulate the development of a more environmentally critical and reflexive science of occupation. Such a reflexive stance can in turn make robust and relevant contributions to societal reform in terms of social and environmental sustainability, as well as complement aims to contribute to the identification of effective interventions to reduce waste and improve sorting. Moreover, by providing relevant interventions, this study can contribute, within its parameters, to efforts that are made to help migrants integrate into society.