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. The focus is on the development of tools, methods, materials, technology and innovative ways of doing business across the disciplines of design, engineering, environmental science and management.
“The integration of circular economy thinking across the university has enabled us to demonstrate our extensive and inclusive capability to educate future leaders and provide knowledge and expertise to organisations transitioning towards a new economic model. It is multidisciplinary pan-university collaborations such as this that will enable us to achieve Cranfield’s mission to be a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management”
Teaching & Learning:
- Integration of circular economy thinking within postgraduate design, technology and management programmes, with academic leads in each case.
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.
Papers & Articles:
- Rowe Z, Wilson H, Charnley F & Dimitriu R (2017) The Best I Can Be: How Self-accountability Impacts Product Choice in Technology Mediated Environments (In press), Psychology and Marketing, Accepted for publication.
- Pollard S, Turney A, Charnley F & Webster K (2016) The circular economy - a reappraisal of the 'stuff' we love, Geography, 101 (1) 17-27.
- Singh Srai J, Kumar M, Graham G, Phillips W, Tooze J, Ford S, Beecher P, Raj B, Gregory M, Kumar Tiwari M, Ravi B, Neely A, Shankar R, Charnley F & Tiwari A (2016) Distributed manufacturing: scope, challenges and opportunities, International Journal of Production Research, 54 (23) 6917-6935.
- Moreno M, De los Rios C, Rowe Z & Charnley F A conceptual framework for circular design, Sustainability, 8 (9).
- De los Rios IC & Charnley FJ Skills and capabilities for a sustainable and circular economy: The changing role of design, Journal of Cleaner Production, early online version.
- Moreno M & Charnley F (2016) Can re-distributed manufacturing and digital intelligence enable a regenerative economy? An integrative literature review. In: Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2016. Rossi Setchi, Robert J. Howlett, Ying Liu, Peter Theobald (ed.), Springer International Publishing, p. 563-575.
Areas of Expertise:
- Defence and Security
- Energy and Power
- Environment and Agrifood
- Transport Systems