The 'circular economy' - repair, reuse, recycle - is the latest incarnation of attempts to decouple environmental degradation from economic growth, With the legal disruption of Brexit creating uncertainty around the UK's economic and environmental policy, this workshop explores the potential for the circular economy framework.
Martha Bicket is a Senior Research Fellow in sustainability policy at the Policy Studies Institute and is currently exploring how societal paradigms and public acceptability affect resource-use policy and feasibility and how policies can be best designed for absolute decoupling. She was recently involved in a scoping study for the European Commission to identify priority sectors for transition to a circular economy,
Jacob Hayler is Executive Director of the Environmental Services Association. He offers the unique perspective of the waste management industry, which has benefitted from 40 years of EC/EU directed environmental policy and for which the idea of the circular economy is the raison d'etre.
Simon Wilson is the Senior Representative in Brussels for thinktank Green Alliance and co-ordinator of the Alliance for CircularEconomy Solutions.
Pravin Jeyaraj is has recently completed his PhD on a socio-legal approach to waste policy. Through his interest in systems theory, he offers a reconceptualisation of the circular economy in terms of societal factors and how it both explains and provides a framework for dealing with fracturing that has emerged following the referendum.
The event is hosted by the Westminster Law and Theory Lab, University of Westminster and is chaired by Professor Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Director of the Lab