Today, Dame Ellen MacArthur officially launched the new Centre for Circular Economy within the University of Exeter’s business school.
As an Ellen MacArthur Foundation Pioneer University, the University of Exeter aims to demonstrate leadership in the sector by developing new educational programmes and supporting the circular economy research agenda. The Centre's objective is to be a global leader in circular economy theory and practice. It will encourage creative solutions to the problems our linear economy presents by challenging conventional thinking.
The Centre for Circular Economy offers learning at all levels, including free online MOOC’s, key senior Executive and Leadership programmes, undergraduate courses, and doctoral training. Within their research agenda, the Centre’s current focus is on key sectors such as farming and food, building and construction, wasteful flows of materials such as plastics, and regional approaches to circular economic regeneration.
Earlier this year, with support from the Foundation and its Pioneer University Network, the Centre hosted the world’s first international symposium on the circular economy - Circular Economy Disruptions - Past, Present & Future. The symposium represented a significant step towards establishing the circular economy as an area of academic study key to informing systems-led frameworks, tools, and methodologies for fundamental and applied research. Representatives from 33 different universities across 25 countries attended and provided over 100 abstracts on a range of circular economy themes.
The opening of Exeter’s Centre for Circular Economy marks a significant step in establishing circular economy as an important area of academic research and teaching at world-leading universities. The circular economy offers an opportunity to harness many academic disciplines to develop solutions to the linear economy that challenge conventional thinking.
We are delighted Dame Ellen officially launched our centre which presents a unique opportunity for the Business School to accelerate the shift to a circular economy for the benefit of society. Working in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and its global membership will enable the University to contribute more effectively to the development of this important work.