• Change management
  • Consumer
  • Plastic
  • Public policy
Amount granted


The aim of the project is to analyze the effectiveness of public policies for the implementation of a circular plastic economy. More specifically, the focus is on reducing single-use plastic packaging at source, particularly in the context of a health crisis (Covid-19). An economic look is taken at the issues surrounding single-use plastics and the reusable options that can replace them. Using data collected as part of a large-scale pan-Canadian study on zero-waste consumption, a statistical analysis will be carried out to better understand the socio-demographic and behavioural characteristics that can influence changes in consumer behaviour towards more sustainable consumption, their perception of existing public measures, and their willingness to pay for the implementation of a preventive waste management strategy in the context of a health crisis.

Affiliated research axes

Axis 1: Change and Transition Management

1.2 – Conceptualize the intended transition to a circular Québec 2026–2050
1.3 – Identify means to mobilize all societal stakeholders for the circular economy

Axis 2: Planning Optimization

2.4 – Plan and optimize the production of products and delivery of services in the context of the circular economy

Axis 4: Policy levers

4.1 – Monitor new knowledge, create an inventory and carry out priority-setting exercises for levers and strategies
4.2 – Foster effective circular economy governance
4.3 – Ensure the consistency and relevance of levers


  • Sophie Bernard

    Ph.D. Full Professor
  • Valérie Patreau

    M.Sc.A. Research professional - Student member
  • Justin Leroux

    Full Professor
The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec