Pioneer Universities are an international network of higher education institutions developing truly pioneering and innovative circular economy-orientated research or teaching programmes.

University of Bradford

As one of the first Pioneer Universities, the University of Bradford and the Ellen MacArthur Foundat...

Cranfield University

Cranfield is committed to developing a truly integrated industry-driven circular economy research an...

Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) views its role in society as providing technological solut...

University College London

As an academic institution that is committed to promoting real change and addressing the key challen...

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology established the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), which...

Arizona State University

Arizona State University, home to first comprehensive School of Sustainability in the U.S. and twice...

University of São Paulo

As the major institution of higher education in Brazil, and as one of the most prestigious universit...

University of Exeter

Exeter’s commitment to circular economy is to accelerate, expand and create new ways of thinking abo...

How we work with Pioneer Universities

Higher education is a priority focus for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. We have a vision of a global network of higher education institutions that explore, develop, and critique key ideas and priorities in the transition to a circular economy. To bring this about, the Foundation is working with leading universities around the world, as they themselves work with business, to find solutions which educate and inspire future leaders to address emerging economic realities.

As non-fee paying members of the CE100 programme, Pioneer Universities have a formal agreement with the Foundation, and commit to drive and support relevant and beneficial knowledge exchanges between business and higher education. This furthers the collective understanding of the circular economy through insights and skills development. Many of the research and teaching programmes focus on our target disciplines - business, education, design and engineering.

The Pioneer University programme offers bespoke input from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s team and facilitated links with our business and regional networks around the world. Collaboration is developed on a case-by-case basis, and we aim to work with a maximum of ten Pioneer Universities by the end of 2019.

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