WHAT IS
THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY?

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

COP28: Reflections from a PhD Student

At the end of 2023, CE Hub PhD Students Margo Reynolds and Morin Akeredolu-Ale attended the 28th Conference …

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Third Round of Funded Circular Economy Feasibility Studies Announced!

Following a competitive process, we are pleased to announce that two innovative projects have been selected for funding …

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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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Latest Events

Moving towards a circular MedTech sector – CE Hub Lunchtime Webinar

07/03/2024

The CE Hub is pleased to launch the MedTech Spotlight Report: accelerating circular adoption.  Join us to discover …

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Handbook of the Circular Economy – CE Hub Lunchtime Webinar

14/12/2023

The final lunchtime webinar of the year for 2023 celebrated the launch of the recently published Handbook of …

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Interdisciplinarity in Circular Economy – CE Hub Lunchtime Webinar

11/01/2024

On Thursday 11th January, the CE-Hub’s Ryan Nolan was joined by Anoushka Dave and Julian Kirchherr to discuss …

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