Sustainable, circular and resource-efficient economies and societies
What we do
Understanding the sustainability of global flows of resources is at the core of what we do at UCL ISR. Transforming current linear systems of resource consumption into more circular ones is a required step in the transition towards low carbon and circular economies. This requires critical understanding of areas of inefficient use of resources, with national, regional and sectoral detail, and identification of opportunities for increasing circularity. UCL ISR research contributes to generate analytical capacity to:
- Map and model global flows of resources
- Create global databases and analytical frameworks for the understanding of the sustainability implications of current resource trends
- Define policy mixes for the transition to sustainable, circular and resource-efficient economies and societies.
This degree equips students with the skills and knowledge to become leaders in a field that is increasingly critical to business, policymakers and civil society at the global and local levels.
Feasibility study for the creation of an EU level platform for Circular Economy (DG GROW)
This study provides an overview of the market potential for industrial symbiosis in Europe, with a detailed mapping of the major industrial symbiosis networks and policy mixes for promotion of IS initiatives.
H2020/JPI- UK ESRC: ‘Cities of Making’
Cities of Making (CoM) explores the future of sustainable urban based manufacturing in European cities in terms of technology, resources, place and application and discusses its potential role in helping to address circularity of cities. The project brings together a dynamic, multidisciplinary team from Brussels (BECI, Latitude, ULB and the VUB), London (UCL and the RSA) and Rotterdam (TU Delft)
UKRI Designing out Plastic Waste
UCL ISR is one of the members of the Plastic Waste Hub, which is a multidisciplinary centre for designing integrated solutions towards increasing the circularity of plastics and addressing the issue of plastic waste. With initial funding from UKRI, the plastic hub was one of the 8 projects funded to increase the circularity of plastics in the UK. UCL ISR has developed state of the art material flow analysis of plastics in the UK.
UKRI Circular Economy Centre on Construction Minerals
The UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research Centre for Mineral-based Construction Materials aims to do more with less mineral-based construction materials, to reduce costs to industry, reduce waste and pollution, and benefit the natural environment that we depend on.
The Interdisciplinary Centre for CircularMetal
The UKRI Centre for Circular Metals, led by Brunel University London, aims to make the UK the first country to fully circulate metals by 2050.