Circular Economy Lab

Bird's eye view circular walk way in trees

A new initiative currently ‘incubating’ at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.


Our purpose is to accelerate and amplify the innovation necessary to transition to a circular economy by engaging and mobilising students, academics, and practitioners from across the UK (and beyond!)

What is the 'circular economy'

A circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design, and aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times. 

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

In addition to transforming resource use, widespread circular economy innovation could create 3 million jobs across Europe (WRAP, 2015) as well as generate net economic benefit of €1.8 trillion by 2030 (McKinsey & Company, 2015).

Key activities

So far, we’ve arranged a variety of speakers and workshops focused on circular economy principles, with a lot more planned including:

1. Research and tools. We are actively developing a range of case studies, practitioner briefs and tools to support students and practitioners on their circular economy journey. You can read some blogs from students last year as they went on a journey to better understand this exciting new area.

2. Teaching. Join us in our second Circular Economy elective in Trinity Term 2019. If you are not current an MBA student but interested in this class, please contact the team.

3. Events. Meet and greet with leaders in the circular economy at one of our many events and get involved in the Circular Economy Circus - a series of student-powered workshops focused on creating interactive and immersive experiences.

4. Hackathons. Engaging students, the greater community and corporate companies in working together to solve systemic problems through the Circular Economy lens. Day-long events have a competition element and aim to provide a gateway for implementation of long-term, circular solutions within organisations.

The more the merrier…

Collaboration is key to making the circular economy a reality, which is why we are 100% open to students from across Oxford – and beyond! We warmly welcome anyone and everyone to join us in helping to create a more sustainable world.

The Circular Economy: Boundries and Bridges

Overgrown tree and moss in a jungle.

Read the latest report written by Aoife Brophy Haney, Olya Krestyaninova and Charmian Love with support from the World Economic Forum and members of PACE and funded by the Skoll Centre.

This Circular Economy report was launched at WEF Sustainable Development Impact summit. The new report highlights the need for fundamental systems change to address sustainable development challenges.

Contact the team

To collaborate or for more information, reach out  to the Circular Economy Lab team.