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.

Access the Hub
Close up of copper wheel and spokes

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.

Read More

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 …

Find Out More

‘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 …

Find Out More

NICER Early Career Researchers Annual Summer School

Thursday 8th – Friday 9th of September saw the return of the annual NICER Programme ECR (Early Career …

Find Out More

Latest Events

Circular Solutions for Nature and the Economy – CE-Hub Lunchtime Webinar


On Thursday 20th July we hosted the last in the summer series of the CE-Hub’s Lunchtime Webinars. “Circular …

Find Out More

Data, AI and the Circular Economy – CE-Hub Lunchtime Webinar


  The latest CE-Hub Lunchtime Webinar took place on May 11th 2023 on the subject of Data, AI …

Find Out More

Circular Chem Summer School 2023


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

Find Out More