Circular Economy Lab


Affiliated Projects

List of projects attached or affiliated to CircEL

Project / Person Name


UKRI Circular Economy Centre for Mineral based construction materialsTogether, we aim 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 sustainable Circular Economy, particularly for built environment infrastructure, using case studies for mineral-based construction materials. The aims will be achieved through advanced training of 15 postdoctoral researchers and more than 20 doctoral students.

Circular Economy Options for HVAC

Bartlett Innovation Funded project with Arup, led by Dr Ben Croxford. This project reviewed two buildings, 22 Gordon Street (ex-Wates House), and The Circular Building, a temporary building built along circular economy principles by Arup and BAM. Interviews were conducted with key stakeholders and guidelines were considered alongside the RIBA Stages of Work. A pdf of the entire report is available here.


A group of 5 European Built Environment Faculties, with Circular Economy as one of the themes. A design workshop on Circular University, and PhD days on Circularity in the Built Environment have already taken place.


Led by Professor Raimund Bleischwitz, UCL are the lead European partner, working with others including Professor Paul Ekins and Will McDowall; more information on UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources web pages

Closing the waste-energy-food loop

Applying anaerobic digestate to urban agriculture. Dr Aiduan Borrion's project, with Dr Robert Biel has been funded with a UCL Research Catalyst grant as part of UCL Grand Challenges.

Industrial Symbiosis in the Cement Industry

Understanding Metabolism of Toxic Metals in Co-Processing of Wastes (Stegemann) EPSRC/ Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (EP/M00337X/1) Diamond Light Source (Reference SP11156)

Cities of Making

JPI funded project UCL part led by Dr Ben Croxford and Dr Teresa Domenech, further information here.

Urban Metabolism

Led by Professor Vanesa Castan Broto, Development Planning Unit


Policy Options for a Resource Efficient European Economy (POLFREE) (Ekins, Domenech) European Union (FP7-ENV-2012; Project 308371)