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Senior Research Fellow in Circular Economy, University of Leeds

I am a senior research fellow specialised in circular economy. I work on the interface of academic research and practice to facilitate participation processes for the transition towards a sustainable circular economy.

Within the circular economy space I focus on governance, business model innovation, renewables, network analysis, and participation process management. I actively collaborate with governmental organisations, companies and NGOs to investigate how circular economies can be realised.

I am the Technical Programme Manager for the Transforming Foundation Industries Research and Innovation Hub "TransFIRe". I am also heading the Yorkshire Circular Lab and the Wind Energy Lifecycle Sustainability group at the University of Leeds. I have completed research and impact projects to integrate circular economy principles into the offshore wind sector and the decommissioning of oil & gas infrastructure, and have led the Resource Recovery from Waste programme.

My PhD research focused on the co-evolution of industrial symbiosis - i.e. waste to resource innovation - with social networks and governance systems. Before that I completed an MSc in applied ecology and conservation with a specialisation in participatory governance.

Research interests:

1) Resource recovery from waste, circular economy theory, sustainable development, whole system change, integrated environmental, social and economic progress.

2) Participation process management, social network theories, governance dynamics, evolution of industrial systems and business model innovation.

3) Applying circular economy to the decommissioning of infrastructure in the waste (e.g. landfills), extractive (e.g. mining and oil & gas), energy (e.g. wind, solar) and transport (e.g. electric vehicles, rail) sectors.

Experience

  • 2021–present
    Senior Research Fellow in Circular Economy, University of Leeds
  • 2021–present
    Visiting Research Fellow, Cranfield University
  • 2020–2021
    Research Fellow in Sustainable Offshore Wind Development, University of Leeds
  • 2019–2021
    Research Impact Fellow in Circular Economy, University of Leeds
  • 2016–2018
    Programme Lead Resource Recovery from Waste, University of Leeds
  • 2018–2018
    Industrial Impact Fellow, University of Exeter
  • 2012–2015
    PhD Researcher in Industrial Symbiosis, University of Surrey

Education

  • 2016 
    University of Surrey, PhD Industrial Symbiosis
  • 2010 
    University of East Anglia, MSc Applied Ecology and Conservation
  • 2009 
    Van Hall Larenstein, Ba Wildlife Management

Publications

  • 2022
    The UK Transforming the Foundation Industries Research and Innovation Hub (TransFIRe), REWAS 2022: Developing Tomorrow’s Technical Cycles (Volume I)
  • 2022
    Circular business models in the wind industry: a comprehensive analysis and conceptual framework for circular business model innovation, Sustainable and Renewable Energy Reviews
  • 2021
    Trouble on the horizon: Securing the decommissioning of offshore renewable energy installations in UK waters, Energy Policy
  • 2021
    Editorial, Waste and Resource Management
  • 2021
    Reducing material criticality through circular business models: Challenges in renewable energy, One Earth
  • 2021
    Principles for a sustainable circular economy, Sustainable Production and Consumption
  • 2021
    A Framework and Baseline for the Integration of a Sustainable Circular Economy in Offshore Wind, Energies
  • 2020
    Highlighting the need to embed circular economy in low carbon infrastructure decommissioning: The case of offshore wind, Sustainable Production and Consumption
  • 2020
    Modularisation as enabler of circular economy in energy infrastructure, Energy Policy
  • 2020
    Resource Recovery From Waste, Frontiers in Environmental Science
  • 2020
    Developing policies for the end-of-life of energy infrastructure: Coming to terms with the challenges of decommissioning, Energy Policy
  • 2019
    Making the business case for resource recovery, Science of The Total Environment
  • 2019
    New Governance for Circular Economy: Policy, Regulation and Market Contexts for Resource Recovery from Waste, Resource Recovery from Wastes
  • 2019
    A new perspective on a global circular economy, Resource Recovery from Wastes
  • 2019
    A Call to Integrate Economic, Social and Environmental Motives into Guidance for Business Support for the Transition to a Circular Economy, Administrative Sciences
  • 2019
    Circular economy and the matter of integrated resources, Science of the Total Environment
  • 2018
    Co-producing a vision and approach for the transition towards a circular economy: perspectives from government partners, Sustainability
  • 2017
    Initiating resource partnerships for industrial symbiosis, Regional Studies, Regional Science
  • 2017
    Resource recovery from waste: Restoring the balance between resource scarcity and waste overload, Sustainability
  • 2016
    Promoting industrial symbiosis: empirical observations of low-carbon innovations in the Humber region, UK, Journal of Cleaner Production
  • 2016
    Promoting industrial symbiosis: Using the concept of proximity to explore social network development, Journal of Industrial Ecology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    TransFIRe: Transforming the Foundation Industries Research and Innovation Hub
    Role:
    Technical Programme Manager
    Funding Source:
    UK Research and Innovation
  • 2020
    A Sustainable Circular Economy for Offshore Wind
    Role:
    Researcher Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • 2020
    Yorkshire Circular Economy Living Lab
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Research England
  • 2019
    The social, economic, technical and environmental values of North Sea oil & gas decommissioning for local communities and companies
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council