Circular Economy Lab

Bird's eye view circular walk way in trees

The Circular Economy Lab is a new initiative currently ‘incubating’ at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

Introduction

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 focussed 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 focussed on creating interactive and immersive experiences.

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.

Want to know more?

Register your interest in the Circular Economy Lab and we’ll let you know more information the next steps as the programme develops.