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Title: Understanding Single-Use Plastic (SUP) during the COVID-19 lockdown through digital ethnographic research
Authors: Cortes, Erika Marlene 
Lara, Pamela Garduño 
Mora, David Molina 
Ayvar, Ricardo Serrano 
Major Field of Science: Social Sciences
Field Category: Educational Sciences
Keywords: Design Ethnographic Futures;Digital Ethnography;Ethnographic Research;Lockdown;Single-Use Plastics
Issue Date: 17-Apr-2021
Source: DISCERN: International Journal of Design for Social Change, Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 29-45
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
Start page: 29
End page: 45
Journal: DISCERN: International Journal of Design for Social Change, Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship 
Abstract: How do people’s interaction and behaviour change in a world where social contact is suddenly limited? How does ethnographic research change and adapt to new interaction rules? What can we discover through it? During the COVID-19 lockdown, we identified an extensive opportunity for digital ethnography (DE) to explore the evolving social worlds. As the starting point, this research aimed to inquire into the daily use of single-use plastics (SUP) consumption and disposal amongst the community that occupies UNAM’s Posgraduate Unit through the design and application of a set of ethnographic analogic and participative tools. However, the COVID-19 world pandemic detoured our initial research plan and turned it into DE research. This shift required a change of theoretical contents into the comprehension and implementation of DE to rethink the field research. This article registers the adaptation of an ongoing project because of a disruptive event like a pandemic; through it, we want to share our experiences of using DE as a qualitative approach, insights about our project process and our predictive perspective about the growing problem we are facing with SUP.
ISSN: 2184-6995
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Type: Article
Affiliation : Posgrado de Diseño Industrial 
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