Dr Paul McKenna

Business Partnerships Manager


I am a Business Partnerships Manager for Environment and Sustainability based in the Lancaster Environment Centre. Through this role I identify, develop and support new collaborative research opportunities and partnerships relevant to a broad spectrum of expertise across the university. I also handle relationship management of a number of the university's resident companies.

The role provides support to members of staff considering opportunities for collaborative working and with other partners to exploit new and more diverse income streams for research. I have also provided project management of post-award processes, project reporting and monitoring of major university research collaborations and projects.

Between October 2017 and March 2022 I was Project Manager for the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) RECIRCULATE project. The Lancaster-led project with partners in Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi and Zambia was one of 37 projects funded under the GCRF Growing Research Capability call. The RECIRCULATE project drove eco-innovation in sub-Saharan Africa around the theme of a safe circular water economy, building on the success of the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation through work packages with leads in LEC, LUMS, BLS and Engineering.