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.

Delft Campus V2

Teaching & Learning:

‘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.

  • Towards Circular Product Design (IO3075)

This bachelors elective course will develop the learner into a complete circular designer. The course is blended with the MOOC - Circular Economy: An Introduction. The on-campus lectures and practicums build upon the MOOC, allowing for in-depth discussion and learning.


TU Delft leads the Netherlands in a 2bn Euro, 7 year, 100+ partner, 23 member state, closed loop materials circular education and research programme. The partners are balanced across universities, research organisations and companies. Projects include remanufacturing, circular cities, circular on-line learning, and closed loop materials.

  • A range of circular EU Horizon 2020 projects, examples include:
    • Project CIRCUIT; A H2020 Marie Curie Innovative Training Network, with the topic of Circular Economy and new service-driven business models. 15 newly recruited PhD researchers across 7 European universities in EU 5 countries in the field of Circular Economy.
    • ResCom partner Resource Conservative Manufacturing.
    • ProSUM; Prospecting Secondary raw materials in the Urban mine and Mining wastes
    • REPAiR; Resource Management in Peri-urban Areas: Going Beyond Urban Metabolism
  • Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability; This is a partnership between 3 universities; Leiden, Erasmus Rotterdam and Delft University of Technology, building bridges between science and society by working together on the challenges and opportunities surrounding the transition towards a circular economy.
  • AMS; Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions; Circular City Amsterdam
  • Green Village; Living Lab on campus for circular solution

Papers, Books & Articles:

Areas of Expertise:

  • Longer Lasting Products
  • Circular Design
  • Circular Cities
  • Circular Business models
  • Closed Loop Critical Materials
  • Remanufacturing
  • Repair
  • Recycling
  • Materials Substitution
  • Systems Thinking
  • History of Scarcity