Date of Graduation

Spring 5-21-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)


College of Arts and Sciences


Interdisciplinary Studies

First Advisor

Stephen Zavestoski

Second Advisor

Kevin D. Lo


As the global plastic pollution situation is getting much more serious, how to change the trend of plastic pollution to save humankind itself has become an urgent issue. In China, the country with the world's fastest-growing economy and the largest population, solving the problem of plastic pollution presents a serious challenge. This thesis draws on a survey of highly educated people in China to investigate how these people's understanding and awareness of plastic pollution, willingness to change their behavior and perceptions of who is responsible for addressing the problem might inform strategies for reducing plastic pollution in China. The analysis pointed out there are some significant results in the categories of gender, hometowns and “whether they have children or not”. The thesis concludes with suggestions for approaches to policy and decision-making aimed at targeting the problem.