CE – Hub
The National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) Programme is a four year £30 million investment from UKRI to move the UK towards a circular economy. This is the largest and most comprehensive UKRI Investment in CE to date. The Programme consists of five specialist centres and a Hub to coordinate, scale and add value to the programme as a whole.
The CE-hub is hosted at the University of Exeter Business School and is co-directed by Professors Fiona Charnley and Peter Hopkinson.
The broad overarching vision of the programme is to accelerate interdisciplinary research, innovation and impact to scale up a UK Circular Economy. The CE-hub has three aims to achieve this:
- Accelerate understanding and solutions to enable circularity of specific resource flows (including related waste streams and uses, and within sector contexts),
- Provide national leadership, coordinate and drive knowledge exchange across the programme as a whole and with policy, consumer, third sector and business stakeholders
- Ensure research is embedded with stakeholders by involving businesses, policymakers, consumers and society, the third sector, and other affected groups and communities at every part of the programme – including provision of funding to enable SME involvement.
The 4 year programme launched in January 2021 and initially consists of 34 universities, 64 senior academics, 42 early career researchers, 60+ PhD students and 120 industrial partners however a key aim of the programme is to grow the circular economy community through a significant programme of outreach and collaboration.