Exeter’s commitment to circular economy is to accelerate, expand and create new ways of thinking about, and enable the practical modelling and design of, future circular economies. This work will involve a wider range of partners in the co-production of ideas, pushing back the frontiers of theory and concept in the circular economy from beyond the boundaries of the traditional University academy. 

A key part of this work will be to develop innovative and co-produced educational materials and engage, share and communicate findings with a wide range of communities globally.

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Teaching & Learning:

  • The Exeter MBA - This is achieved through a synoptic assessment titled 'The Corporate Challenge'. In 2016/17 'The Corporate Challenge' was run in collaboration with Unilever and in 2017/18 it will be run in collaboration with IKEA. To support the learning journey the MBA also partners with the global design agency, IDEO, to deliver a formative design challenge which takes a deep dive using the very successful IDEO and Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circular Design Guide. Students are also offered the opportunity to work with organisations on real world circular challenges for their summer 'Business Projects'.
  • Free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) due for launch in 2018 as part of the University's Grand Challenge initiative. Designed to engage all Exeter students with the circular economy and gain credit towards their degree programme regardless of subject area. The MOOC will be designed with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and a range of external industrial partners.
  • Company specific and open executive level blended programmes to support the acceleration of circularity within organisations


  • 2016-2019: EPSRC REgenerative BUILDings and construction systems for a circular economy (REBUILD) £1M
  • 2016-2018: EPSRC: ‘Modelling supply chain optimisation in the food and beverages industry: Helping SME's in South West England work towards the circular economy 
  • 2015-2017: Swedish Energy Agency: ‘Renewable Energy Activism’, £120,000 (PI:Annika Skoglund)
  • 2015-2016: Innovate UK:

Circular Economy Business models for Furniture Circular Economy Business models for Clothing Circular Economy Business models for Automative

  • 2016: System Redesign for Future Water Industry Operations, Industry funded project sponsored by Yorkshire Water
  • 2015-2016: ESRC Nexus Networks: ‘Agroecological Business: Connecting civilsociety, SMEs and consumers to nature and the land’
  • 2013-2015: ESRC seminar series: ‘The Future of our Food: Resilience, Security andJustice in a Global Context’

Papers & Articles:

  • Hopkinson, P., Zils, M., Hawkin, P., & Roper, S. (in Press). Managing a complex global circular economy business model. California Management Review Special Edition. Circular Economy.
  • Mishra, J.l., Hopkinson, P.G., & Tidridge, G. (In press)). Value Creation from Circular Economy led Closed Loop Supply Chains: A Case Study of Fast Moving Consumer Goods.
  • Pascucci S, Fischer A (In Press). Institutional incentives in circular economy transition: the case of material use in the Dutch textile industry. Journal of Cleaner Production 
  • Borrello M, Caracciolo F, Lombardi A, Pascucci S, Cembalo L (2017). Consumers' perspective on circular economy strategy for reducing food waste. Sustainability (Switzerland), 9(1).
  • Nuhoff-Isakhanyan G, Wubben EFM, Omta OSWF, Pascucci S (2017). Network structure in sustainable agro-industrial parks. Journal of Cleaner Production, 141, 1209-1220.
  • Miemczyk, J., Howard, M. and Johnsen, T. (2016). Dynamic development and execution of closed-loop supply chains: a natural resource-based view. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. Vol. 21 Iss 4 pp. 453 - 469
  • Johnsen, T., Miemczyk, J. and Howard, M. 2016. A Systematic Literature Review of Sustainable Purchasing and Supply Research: Theoretical Perspectives and Opportunities for IMP-Based Research. Industrial Marketing Management.  Forthcoming.
  • Dicecca R, Pascucci S, Contò F (2016). Understanding reconfiguration pathways of agri-food value chains for smallholder farmers. British Food Journal, 118(8), 1857-1882
  • Bohm S, Bharucha ZP, Pretty JN (2014). Ecocultures Blueprints for Sustainable Communities., Routledge.  Read more at https://business-school.exeter...
  • Moog S, Spicer A, Böhm S (2014). The Politics of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives: the Crisis of the Forest Stewardship Council. Journal of Business Ethics, 128(3), 469-493.
  • Howard, M. Jeanrenaud, S. and Correia, F. 2012. Desso and the Cradle to Cradle Challenge: Rethinking Carpet as a Closed Loop Supply System. Euro Case Clearing House. 612-031- 1.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Circular system design
  • Business model innovation for circular economy
  • Complexity economics
  • Food and regenerative agriculture
  • Circularity of the food system:
  • The water-food- energy-environment nexus
  • Reverse supply chain and circular production operations
  • Historic and indigenous circular economies

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