Research Projects

Universities in Yorkshire hold a tremendous depth and breadth in circular economy expertise, with an impressive range of research, innovation and knowledge exchange projects.

Projects stretch all types of materials and sectors, with strongholds in agriculture and food as part of a bio-economy, textiles and fashion, plastics, electrical and electronic equipment, metals and construction materials, and materials for renewable energy infrastructure.

Extensive interdisciplinary expertise brings together researchers from engineering to social, environmental and natural sciences to develop solutions that can enable a sustainable future.

Universities in Yorkshire hold a unique capability in digital solutions, developing tools and indicators to better understand resource and waste flows. Supporting real change in practice features highly in our research, enabling behaviour change, helping companies to innovate with novel sustainable business models and sustainable manufacturing, and developing alternative economic theories with governments.

Sustainable practices are only possible with the right infrastructure in place – for example to access food, reduce transport emissions, and manage wastes and water sustainably – co-produced together with the diverse communities that they serve. Our collaborative research ensures that circular economy contributes to climate action and sustainable transitions.