As consumer demands grow for products and services so to do the demands for natural and material resources. Business models premised on extractive practices of ‘take, make, and dispose’ are contributing to significant environmental degradation.
This research area considers the social and business perspectives of waste, particularly the role that the circular economy can play. This proposed business solution is aimed at transforming industrial operations by keeping products and materials in circulation for as long as possible, eliminating waste, and adopting greener energy in the production processes.
Current areas of work include:
- Our partnership with 2degrees on the global digital platform Manufacture 2030, which brings together businesses, brands and their manufacturing suppliers to accelerat the transition to sustainable manufacturing.
- Research into unreported recycling of waste electricals - funded by £200,000 from the WEEE Fund - and working with Anthesis, REPIC and Valpak.
- PhD Candidate Marta Ferri is working on Plastics & Circular Economy with the WBCSD.
- Our White Paper with industry compliance scheme REPIC, presents insights into models and methodologies for EEE and WEEE forecasting.
- Dr Alison Stowell and Dr John Hardy have recently been awarded funding from Lancaster University's ESRC Impact Acceleration Account to carry out research into the implications of the introduction of organic electronics into the electronic and electrical equipment sector.
- Workshops on the Circular Economy with Footprints Africa and Lancaster Low Carbon Innovation Forum.
- An ongoing collaboration between Nankai and Lancaster Universities.
- Andrea Brown, Impact Management Director at Quadia, is our Honorary Teaching Fellow (Circular Economy).
[Image at top of page taken in Accra, Ghana. From L-R: Karim Saagbul from WEIGO, Dr Alison Stowell, and Divine Dekonor and Johnson Doe from Kpone Landfill Waste Pickers Association. Used with permission of Karim Saagbul]