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By showcasing circular economy related teaching and research globally, this programme aims to enable collaborative ventures and knowledge exchange across academia, policy makers and business outside the Foundation’s formal programmes.
Connect with: Professor Amir Sharif, Professor in Circular Economy & Associate Dean (International)
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The University of Bradford provides a Masters-level MBA, enabled through the internationally regarded digital Distance Learning platform and executive education programmes on Circular Economy.
The University of Bradford is part of an elite group of business schools to hold the “Triple Crown” accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB. A leading UK business school, amongst the first to partner with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation originally as a Pioneer University.
“With a track record of developing the next generation of business leaders, committed to providing a stimulating context for action as well as transformative thinking in order to realise the benefits of an integrated Circular Economy.”
Key projects: Cranfield is committed to developing a truly integrated industry-driven circular economy research and teaching agenda across the university, which is capable of responding to the challenges of an emerging new economy.
Integration of circular economy thinking within postgraduate design, technology and management programmes, with academic leads in each case.
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A Network in Consumer Goods, Big Data and Re-Distributed Manufacturing to develop an active and engaged community of academics, industrial practitioners, policy makers and end users. The programme aims to identify, test and evaluate a multi-disciplinary vision and research agenda associated with the application of big data in the transition towards a re-distributed manufacturing model for consumer goods. Find out more here.
International Training Network on CE Business Models and PSS for 15 PhD’s from 5 universities to develop radically new business models for circularity. Cranfield are specifically focussing on Reverse Logistics in Circular Economy and Maximising the ‘retained values’ of servitised products.
Digital Intelligence to Enable a Circular Economy
How data, acquired through the latest advances in digital technologies such as the fourth Industrial Revolution (I4.0) and the Internet of Things (IoT), can provide Digital Intelligence to shape decisions about the manufacture and utilisation of automotive components for accelerating the implementation of more circular approaches in UK manufacturing. EPSRC Network Plus. Industrial Systems in the Digital Age.
‘Circular Economy: An Introduction’ an open, free, self-paced, online learning tool, developed and delivered in partnership with university partners and the Foundation. The course consists of seven parts that each take about 4-6 hours to complete.
Connect with: Professor David Peck, Associate Professor Circular Built Environment and Critical Materials
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Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) views its role in society as providing technological solutions that facilitate the transition to a flourishing, circular economy. All eight faculties of TU Delft work towards a circular, resource-efficient and resilient economy by conducting ground-breaking scientific and technological research, training scientists and engineers and helping to translate circular knowledge and skills into technological innovations and activity.
Green Village; Living Lab on campus for circular solution
Connect with: Dr Teresa Domenech, Lecturer in Industrial Ecology and the Circular Economy email@example.com
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Circular office defits and refits: Office defits and refits consume large volumes of resources and energy and happen on relative short time spams (4-5 years) in the use life of a building. Generally little consideration is given to prevention of waste, reuse of materials, recycling, adaptability or functionality. This research looks into ways of incorporating CE principles to office defits and refits to minimise loss of resources, costs and environmental impact.
Connect with: Nabil Nasr, Associate Provost & Director, Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS)
Find out more: Rochester Institute of Technology established the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), which is comprised of both academic programmes and research centres, and consists of a multidisciplinary team of 118 dedicated faculty, staff researchers and funded students who collaborate with organisations locally, nationally, and internationally to create implementable solutions to complex sustainability problems. Their strategy is the development of graduate-level courses dedicated to circular economy for incorporation into GIS degree programmes, and partnership with industry, research institutions, and other universities to conduct remanufacturing policy and technology research.
The GIS education programs include a Ph.D. program in sustainability with a focus on sustainable production and a Masters program with three tracks: sustainable manufacturing, sustainable energy systems, and sustainable mobility. GIS also offers a Master of Architecture program which integrates sustainability and architecture in the built environment.
As the major institution of higher education in Brazil, and as one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America, the University of Sao Paulo (USP) intends to lead the development of knowledge, education and research of the circular economy across South America.
The partnership between USP and Ellen MacArthur Foundation will aim to promote circular economy through research, education and extension activities within society. This partnership presents several fruitful projects, including:
Aside from working towards a more circular economy, the programme also addresses to support organisations and the government in embedding circular principles and tools to drive the transition to a circular economy. USP is proud to be a Pioneer University with the aim of becoming a global catalyst for the circular economy across the southern hemisphere.
Connect with: Professor Aldo Roberto Ometto, Circular Economy Programme Lead firstname.lastname@example.org
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“In creating a strong, multidisciplinary, highly motivated group of professors and researchers, we aim to transform linear thinking by introducing a more circular model. Integrating life cycle thinking and circular economy principles into everyday business processes such as; product development, supply chain management, business strategy, manufacturing and development, will encourage more closed loop practices throughout South America. To make this transition successful we are putting together the tools and principles required to transfer circular values into the wider economy."
Connect with: Dr. Rajesh Buch Director, Sustainability Practice, International Development, Arizona State University email@example.com
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Arizona State University, home to first comprehensive School of Sustainability in the U.S. and twice recognised as the most innovative school in the nation by US News and World Report, approaches Circular Economy through a three-pronged strategy: in education, in practice and through RISN, a collaborative global network of public & private partners.
“Through its charter, ASU is charged to assume ‘fundamental responsibility for the economic, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.’ To meet this directive, adopting a Circular Economy approach to education, research and practice was not only natural but essential. We are fortunate to have projects partners globally who have joined ASU to drive impactful change.”
Connect with: Professor Fiona Charnley, Associate Professor of Circular Economy firstname.lastname@example.org
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“To accelerate the transition to a circular economy requires ambition, strategic commitment and a collaborative approach to innovation. The University of Exeter works with industrial organisations, across sectors, to develop the required combination of skills and capabilities using tested tools and techniques to implement circular innovation at all levels of business, society and our surrounding environment." - Professor Fiona Charnley
The University of Exeter has a range of research projects featured on the ECCE website. A foundation of government and industrially funded research projects underpin the theoretical and practice based leadership of ECCE. Their activities currently focus on key sectors such as farming and food, building and construction, digital technology, wasteful flows of industrial materials, such as plastics and regional approaches to circular economic regeneration.
1. Circular Economy Business Leaders' Forum - working with companies to integrate principles of design for circular economy facilitating and promoting the adoption of circular economy business models.
2. Academia-Municipal partnerships on circular economy - a joint programme with the Tel Aviv municipality to develop research and piloting projects for circular economy activities across three topics: energy, waste management and logistics.
Industrial Engineer, Cradle to Cradle certified catalyst
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Afeka Institute of Circular Engineering & Economy (AICEE)
Public college offering Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees in engineering, currently ranked among Israel's most outstanding academic technological institutions qualifying between 300-400 engineers annually.
1. Project BEACON, a nine year programme collaborating with Welsh SMEs to develop biomass as an alternative to fossil fuels in the production of chemicals, energy and materials.
2. ReBluBlos a UK-China collaboration investigating the use of wheat straw residues as a feedstock for a range of high value applications.
Dr. Adam Charlton
Established in 1884 and based in Wales, Bangor University is one of the oldest degree awarding universities in the UK and connects with an extensive business network.
1. The Collaborative Research Centre on Sustainable Manufacturing, which researches the latest technology and business opportunities with a focus on scaling remanufacturing.
2. The Brazilian-German Collaborative Research Initiative on manufacturing technology and resource efficiency, which explores the potential of decentralised cooperation in recycling networks.
Founded in 1879, TU Berlin is one of Germany's largest and most prestigious research and education institutions.
The Finance for the Green Business and the Circular Economy course, which is part of the Masters of Finance (7th in the world according to FT), focuses on the relation between finance, Green Business and Circular Economy, as well as the role of finance in the systemic transition toward the CE and its related metrics. The elective course is based on three main pillars: demand side analysis, supply side analysis, and risk analysis.
The programme aims to nurture both the conceptual and practical foundations of a new financial perspective in the creation of value, reconnecting business, society and wellbeing. It explains why and how finance is a strategic driver to accelerate the transition toward circularity in business, and educates both students and practitioners on the new economic paradigm, new sustainable business models and the relationship between the new systemic approach and innovation.
Teaching and research contact
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Finance for the Green Business and the Circular Economy
Bocconi provides undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education, (PhDs, MBAs and executives programmes) in addition to a range of double degree programs, in the fields of economics, management, finance, law, political science and public administration. SDA Bocconi, the university's business school, offers MBA and Executive MBA programs.
The Industrial Ecology Network is a programme geared towards providing skills, training, and applications for industrial ecology, focusing on the system perspective, materials, manufacturing, and the circular economy.
Co-creator, Industrial Ecology Program
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Industrial Ecology Program
Founded in 1905 and located in California, UC Davis is one of the world's leading cross-disciplinary research and teaching institutions. It is recognised as a leader in the fields of Agriculture and Forestry, Energy, Transportation, and Policy.
1. Circular economy is an important theme at the university's Engineering School, where a management certificate, Strategies and methodologies for a circular economy, is offered. The school us committed to exposing its studenbts to the circular economy framework and the business case for the transition.
Connect with: Claudia Maclean - email@example.com
Founded in 1842, Universidad de Chile is the oldest institution of higher education owned by the State in Chile, with a national and public character, it is a research-orientated institution organised into 14 faculties.
1. The university regularly hosts circular economy related events and has the ambition to bring together relevant disciplines around the topic, both in terms of research and teaching. Links with the Scottish government and local industry are also strong.
Connect with: Liz Cooper - Liz.Cooper@ed.ac.uk
Find out more: University of Edinburgh circular economy focus
Founded in 1582, the University of Edinburgh is the sixth oldest university in the English speaking world. Its campus is embedded in Scotland's capital city and it regularly ranks among the world's elite institutions.
1. The Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business focuses on the circular economy as a key theme for research on business innovation.
2. Staff at the Brooks Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems seek to understand how information, energy and materials are utilised within large complex systems and to discover new novel approaches for increasing economic resiliency.
3. The Center for Biologically Inspired Design aims to take advantage and knowledge from strategies by which biological systems, at levels from ranging from cells to ecosystems, providing principles that can be used to solve complex challenges in the design and manufacturing of human systems from products to city infrastructure.
Connect with: Professor Beril Toktay to find out more about the the circular economy relevant work at Georgia Tech - firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1885 and based in Atlanta, Georgia Tech is ranked among the world's leading technological research universities, the institute's mission is to improve the human condition through advanced science and technology.
1. Gent's CAPTURE research programme aims to break silos and technology pipelines by focuses on solutions for the recovery and economically viable utilisation of waste water, plastics and CO2.
2. Resource recovery is also a subject for the international Masters programme SINReM and the European joint PhD programme SuPER-W.
Connect with: Dr. Bart Hommez - Bart.Hommez@ugent.be
Founded in 1817, Universiteit Gent is one of Belgium's major universities and is particularly notable for its research across a range of social and exact sciences.
1. A cross-disciplinary Masters course covers the schools of thought behind a circular economy, the business and economic case for a transition and drills down to the applications at a product design and management level.
2. Inter-disciplinary collaborations across various institutes at the university, including environmental management, polymer technologies and innovation management, contribute to circular research and teaching.
Connect with: Dr. Erik Hansen to find out more about the MA and other related circular economy work at JKU - email@example.com
Find out more: Institute for Integrated Quality Design
Founded in October 2015, the Institute for Integrated Quality Design (IQD) is an interdisciplinary research institute located the intersection of the management and engineering programmes at JKU.
1. KTH plays a leading role as a knowledge provider for ResCoM project involving the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a number of European companies, and co-funded by the European Commission. ResCoM is a four-year project, concluding in autumn 2017, which aims to develop innovative methodologies and tools to help manufacturers capture value by closing the loop.
Connect with: Dr. Amir Rashid - firstname.lastname@example.org
1. The centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART) is a research centre based on Loughborough campus in Leicestershire, which provides courses on key topics relevant to the circular economy and hosts the Sustainable Manufacture research group - a multi-disciplinary team working with businesses on projects with economic benefit and reduced environmental impact.
Connect with: Professor Shahin Rahimifard to find out more about the centre - email@example.com.
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Based in the UK's East Midlands, Loughborough University is distinguished as one of the country's top universities with strong links to business and industry.
1. The EDDEC institute's collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach is based upon the idea that the development and implementation of the circular economy will involve the contributions of almost all disciplines and stakeholders. EDDEC has already engaged with more than 150 researches and students at Universite de Montreal.
Connect with: Dr. Daniel Normandin - firstname.lastname@example.org, Sebastien Sauve - email@example.com and Melanie McDonald - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more: Institut EDDEC
Based at the Universite de Montreal, which with its affiliated schools (HEC Montreal, Polytechnique Montreal) hosts 66,000 students and 2600 professors, EDDEC aims to synergise the expertise of professors, researchers and students from all relevant disciplines to develop research, training, dialogue and action.
1. Northumbria's School of Design aims to produce research that addresses complex cultural, social and economic issues from a critical design perspective with a particular focus on responsibility and circular economy thinking.
Connect with: Mark Bailey at Northumbria University - email@example.com
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Northumbria University is located in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK and has a strong track record in creating and applying knowledge for the improvement of society through its global business, social and governmental networks that include Unilever, Philips, Nike, IBM, the BBC and NHS.
1. The future of global value chains and the circular economy (in collaboration with Sussex University in the UK) aiming to understand the dynamics of global value chains confronted by the challenge of applying circular economy principles.
2. Business models for circular enterprises (in collaboration with University of Strasbourg in France). Looks to define the models of business for the circular economy, beyond the Accenture five models.
3. Module on the circular economy included in "Doing Business In" Master Programme and an undergraduate programme on preserving and better valorising of natural resources.
Connect with: Professor Antonella Zucchella to find out more about the the circular economy relevant work at the University of Pavia - Antzuc04@unipv.it
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One of the oldest universities in Europe, University of Pavia was established in 1361. It currently has 21,000 undergraduates, 500 PhD students, and 950 professors and researchers.
1. UQ's Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) is active in research related to the circular economy and the mining/metals industries. SMI has a particular focus on opportunities to derive value from end-of-life products and industrial waste through projects such as the Wealth from Waste Cluster. The outcomes from this research will help increase the circular use of metals in the Australian economy.
2. The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management also conduct related circular economy research across other industry sectors.
Connect with: Dr. Glen Corder - firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more: University of Queensland Sustainable Minerals Institute
Located in Brisbane, Australia and founded in 1909, the University of Queensland currently hosts over 7000 staff and 50,000 students.
1. Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development Technologies, where circular economy plays an important role.
2. Research programme explores socio-technical side of circular economy, while focusing specifically on renewable energy, natural capital restoration, waste reuse and recycling, and secure access to water and food.
Connect with: Lucas Becerra - email@example.com & Sebastian Carenzo - firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1989, the Institute for Science and Technologies Studies of the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes is a leading university in science and technology a regional and national level, as well as being referenced internationally.
The Rotterdam University for Applied Sciences (RUAS) runs a multidisciplinary Fieldlab Circular Economy and Business Innovation consisting of a minor and graduation research.
The minor component of the programme assists students and SMEs to make the transition from a linear to a circular design while creating ecological, social and economic value. The research component focuses on circular accounting, scaling strategies for circular business models, and symbiotic geographic development.
In developing circular solutions, the economic domain collaborates with the technical domain, including chemistry, the built environment, information technology etc. The multidisciplinary nature of RUAS enables students to develop solutions to circular challenges in multidisciplinary settings.
Connect with: Dr Mirella Soyer, coordinator of the Fieldlab Circular Economy and Business Innovation.
With 39,000 students and 500 members of staff, the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences aims to provide practice-focused and flexible education.
1. The Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) researches opportunities to transform the way in which resources are accounted for through supply chains - work that filters into an MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
2. The Urban Institute hosts the Integrated Infrastructure Network (IIN), a unique international collaboration of diverse researchers and practitioners, which looks at the role of integrated infrastructures in providing enhanced efficiency, resilience and adaptability for the cities of the future.
Connect with: Dr. Nick Taylor Buck - email@example.com
A world top-100 civic university, the University of Sheffield was founded more than one hundred years ago and is renowned for its research and intellectual leadership.
Research and teaching at Skema Business School focuses on the dynamic configurations of business model innovation through the lens of functional and circular economy principles. In this chapter, Christophe Sempels outlines the primary goal of innovation, which is to decrease material resources engaged in productive processes, while simultaneously increasing the amount of immaterial resources in the process of value creation, distribution and capture.
Skema is a global business school with campuses in France, USA, China and Brazil. It develops a unique international strategy by training management leaders in the knowledge economy, its core aim is to bring together international academic and professional experience.
1. Hosts one of the world's leading research groups on remanufacturing technologies and related business opportunities.
2. The Institute for Future Cities tackles the economic, environmental, social and technological challenges facing the world today.
3. Research groups in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering are working on a number of circular economy relevant areas, including the potential to create more effective and recyclable flows for materials, most notably glass fibre composites.
Connect with: Fraser Anderson- firstname.lastname@example.org
Based in Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde received its Royal Charter in 1964 as the UK's first technological university, it is the third largest university in Scotland by number of students.
1. University of Sussex Business School develops research expertise on the role of new business models, global value chains and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the context of a circular economy.
2. Learning module "Enterprise in the Circular Economy" is available to students within the a number of BSc degrees.
Find out more: Institute of Development Studies
Connect with: Patrick Schröder - P.Schroeder@ids.ac.uk
1. Part of the Wealth from Waste research cluster (including University of Queensland) aiming to re-valorise waste metals in Australia.
2. UTS Business School have placed circular economy at the core of their work examining the potential business models that could facilitate material flows in a circular economy.
Connect with: Dr. Melissa Edwards - Melissa.Edwards@uts.edu.au uk
Find out more: UTS Business School
With a total enrolment of over 40,000 students, UTS is one of Australia's largest universities. Based in central Sydney, this dynamic and innovative institution, formerly known as the New South Wales Institute of Technology, was founded in 1964.
1. The Textile Futures Research Community research group look at relevant circular economy issues regularly as part of their work. Design for cyclability is a conceptual framework developed by Kate Goldsworthy and forms basis of ongoing research relating to designing closed-loop material systems.
2. Design and Living Systems Lab researches the advantages of biological systems to eliminate waste, better use energy and in synthetic material usage. The Lab explores a new hierarchy within a sliding scale of 'natural nature' and a new 'programmable nature' in the quest for innovative ecological design and fabrication models.
Connect with: Kate Goldsworthy at email@example.com
The University of the Arts London is one of the world's most renowned institutions for education in the arts, with strong industry partnerships informing both teaching and research.
1. Resource-focused research research groups aims to identify new business opportunities in the region. Aiming to utilise side streams/by-products of various enterprises, designing out waste and researching new recycling flows for materials.
2. Material efficiency and renewable energy group offers its competence in material engineering both for development and optimisation of new products and processes and utilising by-product flows and waste as raw materials for new products.
Connect with: Piia Nurmi - firstname.lastname@example.org
Turku University of Applied Sciences is an inspiring community of 10,000 members - an innovative and multidisciplinary higher education institution based in the southwest of Finland.
1. WPI's research connects with circular economy in a number of areas including biotechnology, fuel cells, nanotechnology and sustainable materials processing.
2. The concept of a regenerative circular economy is embedded across key elements of the curriculum in a number of undergraduate and graduate course at WPI.
Connect with: Professor Diran Apelian - email@example.com
WPI was founded in 1865 and continues to be a leading scientific institution in the US. It's research is internationally recognised in a number of key areas.
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Professor, Sustainability Management
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