Memiş, Levent (2020, March). Kentsel aktörlerin sürdürülebilirlik algıları: Q-metodoloji yöntemiyle bir araştırma Q-metodoloji [Sustainability perceptions of urban actors: A research with Q-methodology method]. Afyon Kocatepe Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi [Afyon Kocatepe University Journal of Social Sciences], 22(1), 244-260. (Turkish) (Access:

English Abstract: The sustainability approach has started to come to the agenda as a means of solution to the social and economic problems encountered in the 1970s and its popularity has increased by finding answers on different issues over time. Urban settlements are important areas where sustainability approach is put on the agenda. The main purpose of the research is to measure the sustainability perceptions of the actors who take responsibility in urban spaces that contain the density of the population and to determine the importance they attach to waste management in particular. In this research, the distribution of the differences and consensus among the actors based on the determined sustainable urban development criteria is examined. In the research, Q-methodology method is used with its unique structure. The data obtained by this method were analysed using PQMethod 2.0 software. The scope of the study consists of the province of Giresun. In this context, six NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and seven municipalities were included in the study. According to the general results of the research, it is determined that there are both consensus (such as energy efficiency, cycling, public transportation, environmental education) and differentiation (such as green enterprise, waste management, agricultural areas and water resources). On the other hand, while NGOs have reached consensus on environmental issues, it is understood that there is differentiation on issues under socio-cultural main head. The consensus of CSOs on the environment reflects the results of their environment-oriented study areas. In the context of waste management, it is understood that both NGOs and municipalities give great importance to waste management in the range of 1 to 4, including separation and recycling at source.

Levent Memiş <> is in the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Giresun University, Giresun, Turkey.