Circular Economy Lab


UCL Circular Economy Lab

The Circular Economy Lab is an exciting cross-faculty, cross-discipline initiative, aiming to use UCL's expertise to improve the design of buildings and products, their re-use and recycling, and the return of their constituent materials back to the economy.


"A circular economy keeps products, components and materials at their highest utility and value, at all times, eliminating the concept of waste, with materials ultimately re-entering the economy at end of use as defined, valuable technical or biological nutrients." Ellen Macarthur Foundation.

We are aiming to develop the scientific and socio-economic understanding and technological basis for design and implementation of systems, processes and policy that will support the transition to a Circular Economy.  With access to the full width and depth of UCL expertise, CircEL will be capable of tackling Circular Economy related problems of any size or stage of development.

It is essential that CircEL research and technology development is driven by the needs of the industrial/business community.  We envision support of, and guidance by, an industrial ecosystem composed of one or two compatible large companies and several well-matched small/medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), each with its own symbiotic ecological niche.

UCL is a Pioneer University in the Ellen Macarthur Foundation CE100 network. 

For further information or to arrange a meeting, please contact: Dr Aiduan Borrion, a.borrion@ucl.ac.uk, +44 (0) 207 679 7224

Each member of the team has a UCL Research profile accessible via clicking on their name, and a departmental/insitute profile listed below. Each academic may be taking PhD students in their stated research areas, contact them to find out more.

Core Team
Affiliated academics



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We have several current research projects affiliated to UCL CircEL, click here for details

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Information on several programmes relevant to UCL CircEL and also some specific modules disseminating knowledge gained from various research projects can be found here.

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Activities and Events

Previous activities have included trips to Closed Loop Plastic Recycling, The Brighton Waste House, East London Biogas and more.

Since founding the Lab in 2015, Circular Economy is now a mainstream topic and interest has continued to grow in and around our activities. The original founders, Domenech, Stegemann and Croxford, have been joined by Borrion, additional affiliated academics are very welcome. The UCL Estates sustainability team have also been pressing ahead with activities aiming for a more circular UCL campus and colleagues are collaborating on several initiatives.