The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is committed to working with universities and higher education institutions worldwide to enable the transition from a linear to a circular economy. Through collaborative efforts, together we develop, share, and scale circular economy learning.

Since the launch of the Foundation in 2010, our engagement and collaboration with higher education providers has been a key approach in driving the shift to a circular economy. The Foundation has the ambition to scale this approach, aiming to reach a greater number of students, academics, and universities, positioning circular economy more centrally within these influential learning organisations. Who is doing what, where, and how are the key questions we ask.

The Foundation aims to accelerate this approach by...

  • Relationship and network building
  • Activating shared projects
  • Showcasing and informing excellence in circular economy teaching and research

Higher education is in a unique position to affect change, through teaching, applied research, student-led initiatives, and campus management, the Foundation is working with leading universities and institutions worldwide to find scalable and replicable solutions that deliver outcomes and long-term impact. Students moving through higher education systems are a key group of catalysts who can be mobilised to learn, think, and act differently to impact the linear system and act as agents of change. Distance learning is a key focus, with both blended and face-to-face approaches enhancing a range of events, courses, and open learning opportunities.


We have detected that you are using an older browser. Please update to the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge to improve your user experience.

If you are unable to upgrade your browser, please see our Technical FAQ page to get tips on how to improve your user experience.