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Institution: Loughborough University
Location: Loughborough, UK, & London, (Postgraduate campus)
Focus Area: Manufacturing and recycling technologies, Strategic design and business model innovation
Expertise: Developing strategies, methodologies, and enabling technologies that have long-term economic viability. Designing products, services, business models, and systems for circularity.
The centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART) is a research centre based on Loughborough campus in Leicestershire, which provides courses on key topics relevant to the circular economyA systems solution framework that tackles global challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, waste, and pollution. It is based on three principles, driven by design: eliminate waste and pollution, circulate products and materials (at their highest value), and regenerate nature. and hosts the Sustainable Manufacture research group - a multi-disciplinary team working with businesses on projects with economic benefit and reduced environmental impact
The Institute of Design Innovation (IDI) at Loughborough’s London campus is leading a pilot study funded by the University’s JOINT fund to develop understanding consumers/citizens in the circular economy
IDI is also leading an AHRC-funded project titled: ‘Progressing the Sustainability Field: A New Approach to Framing Practices in Design for Social Change' to develop new approaches to design strategy in the context of circular economy
Professor Shahin Rahimifard to find out more about the centre
Dr Sharon Prendeville to find out more about IDI’s AHRC project
Dr Vicky Lofthouse to find out more about the JOINT fund
Based in the UK's East Midlands, Loughborough University is distinguished as one of the country's top universities with strong links to business and industry.
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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. We develop and promote the idea of a circular economy, and work with business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale, globally.
Charity Registration No.: 1130306
OSCR Registration No.: SC043120
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Ellen MacArthur Foundation ANBI RSIN nummer: 8257 45 925
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