Currently, most of what we consume flows through a linear, ‘take, make, waste’ economy, in which products and materials are made, used, and then thrown away. A Circular Economy, by contrast, focuses on regeneration, restoration, and re-use at all stages of a resource’s life cycle. This allows products, materials, and components to remain in circulation at their highest value for the longest period, and the waste generated by a linear economy is designed out from the start. 

What is
the CE-Hub?

The CE-Hub is the coordinating Hub for the NICER Programme, a four-year programme working to provide the evidence base needed to deliver a resilient and restorative Circular Economy for the UK. The Hub works with the five UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research Centres, and brings together academics, industry practitioners, policy makers and civic society to deliver CE research and innovation.

The Five
CE Centres

There are five UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research Centres that make up the NICER Programme alongside the Hub. Each Centre is focused on a speciality material, industry, or resource flow, and is conducting research and innovation on how circularity can be implemented to each of these major material flows. To find out more about each Centre and its research, click here.

Knowledge Hub
access the latest research

A resource centre for policy makers and businesses to access the latest research and knowledge on the CE.

Easy to explore, supported by high-level synopsis and grounded in academic rigour, the Knowledge Hub offers a repository and signposting service to share and disseminate CE learning and activity.

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CE Stories
Circular Economy in Action

Bringing Circular Economy to life, our CE Stories showcase innovative organisations across the UK. If you are working in this area and would like to share your story, do contact us.

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Latest News

Report outlines steps needed for UK manufacturing to prepare for digital future

A major new report seeks to future-proof the UK’s manufacturing sector with five key recommendations on how best …

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Job Opportunities – Join our team! 4x CE Hub Vacancies

We’re looking to recruit 4 new posts, a highly motivated Business Development Manager, two Impact Fellows and an …

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‘Revolutionary’ circular economy entrepreneur joins Exeter Centre for Circular Economy

The Exeter Centre for Circular Economy (ECCE) welcomes Dr Tom Dawson as a Visiting Research Fellow in Healthcare …

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Latest Events

Circular Chem Summer School 2023


Circular Chemical Economy Summer School 2023 5th – 7th September, Newcastle upon Tyne Join a pragmatic in-person Summer …

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Materials Strategy for the UK Automotive Sector – CE-hub Lunchtime Webinar


Join the CE-Hub and guest speakers to discuss the value retention landscape and building evidence for a materials strategy foe the UK Automotive Sector.

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NICER Programme CE Showcase 2023


The Circular Economy Showcase is the flagship annual conference for the NICER Programme. The 2023 Annual CE Showcase will celebrate …

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