Kate Sang, Professor of Gender and Employment Studies and Disability Co-ordinator in the School of Social Sciences' Business Management Department, has been appointed to a Scottish Government expert panel on single use plastics.
The Scottish Government this year announced a ban on plastic-stemmed cotton buds, and a plan to investigate banning the use of disposable plastics such as straws and plastic cups.
However, disability groups called for a pause, highlighting the issues this could represent for disabled people, due to the inflexibility of alternative products, such as paper straws.
Reported in www.holyrood.com, Professor Sang said: "I look forward to working with the panel to ensure that disability issues are considered alongside technical matters to sustainable solutions, for example, to the production and use of single use plastics. In addition to my own experiences as a disabled person, I hope to bring my research with disabled people to the recommendations of the panel, ensuring that the work is sensitive the variety of needs of disabled people in a way which supports the aims of the panel."