There is currently a strong interest in business models and policy initiatives to close the material loops associated with production and consumption practices.
This strong interest resonates strongly with several of our key research areas, including consumption practices of reuse and sustainable transition pathways of systems of provision.
Within this working group, we acknowledge the potential contribution that the closing of material loops can have for sustainability - while taking a critical stance, arguing we should look at the plurality of circular economies rather than an abstract conception of circular economy.
We aim to develop research collaborations around questions of how circularity contributes to social and ecological sustainability.
Working group leader
Working group members
- Frank Boons
- Martin Burgess
- Catherine Casson, Alliance Manchester Business School
- Alejandro Gallego Schmid, Department of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering
- Claudia Henninger, Department of Materials
- Celina Jones, Department of Materials
- Julia Kasmire, Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research
- Sampriti Mahanty, Alliance Manchester Business School
- Josephine Mylan
- Maria Sharmina, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, School of Engineering
- Michael Shaver, Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub
- Mariel Vilella
- Daniel Welch
Our four research themes explore how we can achieve less resource-intensive ways of life.
We have an ambitious research programme for addressing key issues in sustainability.