Consent Form

Version number: 1

Version date: 15/10/18


Title of the research project: Social Perceptions on Whom May be Held Responsible for the Plastic pollution Crisis.

Researchers: Rosa Daymond


1.     Invitation Paragraph

You are being invited to participate in a research study. Before you decide whether to participate, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and feel free to ask us if you would like more information or if there is anything that you do not understand. We would like to stress that you do not have to accept this invitation and should only agree to take part if you want to. Thank you for reading this.


2.     What is the purpose of the study?

The aim of this research is to discover social perceptions on who is to be held responsible for the global plastic pollution crisis.


3.     Why have I been chosen to take part?

You have been chosen because you are over the age of 18 years, and you have voluntarily chosen to complete this questionnaire.


4.     Do I have to take part?

Participation in this questionnaire is voluntary.


5.     What will happen if I take part?

If you decide to take part, you will be asked to fill in a short online questionnaire. Questionnaires will be conducted in English. It should take approximately five minutes to complete. During the questionnaire you will asked to indicate your responses using the mechanism clearly outlined. This will usually involve selecting a response that best represents your opinion in relation to the question. Each completed questionnaire will be stored securely and the overall results used to write a research report.


6.     Will I be offered any financial incentives to take part in the research?

We are not able to offer any payment or expenses for completing the questionnaire.


7.     Are there any risks in taking part?

There are no anticipated risks to you taking part in this questionnaire.


8.     Are there any benefits in taking part?

There are no direct benefits to you taking part in the research, although you will be helping me to find out information that is important to my research aims.


9.     What if I am unhappy or if there is a problem?

If you are unhappy, or if there is a problem, please feel free to let us know by contacting my research supervisor, Daniel Arribas-Bel and we will try to help. If you remain unhappy or have a complaint which you feel you cannot come to us with then you should contact the Research Ethics and Integrity Office at When contacting the Research Ethics and Integrity Office, please provide details of the name or description of the study (so that it can be identified), the researcher(s) involved, and the details of the complaint you wish to make.


10.  Will my participation be kept confidential?

The questionnaire does not ask you to provide data that we think will make you identifiable. For example, we do not need to know your name, address or date of birth. We will store questionnaire data securely and provide access only to those individuals named on this information sheet. All electronic data will be password protected or stored on university storage devices, questionnaires will remain the responsibility of the researchers who will ensure no-one else has access to them. The data w