To do this, it will be essential to use methodological ethnographic and qualitative tools that will provide a richer and more complex approach to the everyday life of citizens in relation to their practices and innovative initiatives around the consume and reuse of technology. As a research model and method, a comprehensive qualitative research focuses on the study and analysis of perceptions, meanings and everyday practices of people in certain contexts, from observational, descriptive, interpretive and understanding tasks. This kind of methodology allows to uncover the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs used in social interaction, and how these aspects regulate practices. And although this type of approach requires intensive information’s treatment and does not allow universalizing of results, it enables a deeper understanding and interpretation of an increased explanatory power. This is possible mainly because the use of qualitative methods has as a main feature, the analysis and interpretation of the meaning that people give to their actions, the actions of others and their environments.

In order to operationalize our research objectives as reflected in the work planning, we’ll use the following methodological tools during the project’s phases:

1. Literature review


1.1. Bibliographic theme consulting

Month 1, 2

1.2. Systematization of information.

1.2. P: Report: State of the art.

Month 3

1.3. Exposition of the empirical and theoretical materials stemmed from the bibliographical research.

Month 3

2. Uncovered participant observation in different experiences, projects and initiatives of e-waste’s treatment

OBJECTIVES: a) c) d)

2.1. Identification of experiences and first contacts

Month 3, 4

2.2. Writing and approval of the informed consent document

2.2. P: Informative sheet and informed consent forms for participants

Month 4

2.3. Definition of topics and initial scripts proposal:

– Observation

– Interviews

2.3.P: observation and interview scripts

Month 4

2.4. Field observation:

– Notes

– Informal interviews

– Consultation Document

– Cultural Probes

Month 5, 6, 7

2.5. Transcript of notes and informal interviews

2.5.P: Electronic documents of notes and informal interviews conducted during the observation

Month 6, 7, 8
3. Analysis of the results of Phase 2


3.1. Systematization of information obtained in Phase 2

Month 9, 10

3.2. Content analysis of materials made from Phase 2

Month 10, 11, 12

3.3. Elaboration of synthesis paper with the results of Phase 2

3.3.P: Executive summary of results from undercovered participant observation

Month 13

3.4. Return, sharing and discussion of results with research participants

3.4.P: Working Document setting out the discussion of results and methodological considerations for the following phases

Month 14

4. In-depth interviews with key informants (stakeholders implied on the definition and discussion of policies for the treatment of e-waste).

OBJECTIVES: b) c) d)

4.1. Design interview scripts from 3.4.

4.1.P: In-depth interviews scripts

Month 14

4.2. Contact and recruitment of participants and in-depth interviews with political representatives, project participants, citizens, researchers and professionals …

Month 15, 16

4.3. Interview transcription

4.3.P: Electronic documents of data from in-depth interviews

Month 17

5. Analysis of the results of Phase 4 & 5

OBJECTIVES: b) c) d) e)

5.1. Systematization of information obtained in Phase 4

Month 18

5.2. Content analysis of interviews conducted in Phase 4. Data clinic analysis.

Month 19, 20

5.3. Elaboration of synthesis paper with the results of Phase 4

5.3.P: Executive summary of research findings. Data clinic report.

Month 21

6. Publication of results & Final Report

OBJECTIVES: a), b), c) d) e)

6.1. Elaboration of the Research Final Report

6.1.P: Final Report

Month 22

6.2. Elaboration of articles and other publications & communications

6.2.P:Proposals for publishable articles

Month 23, 24

6.3. Return of results to participants

Month 24


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