Circular Economy Our global consumption exceeds the planet’s regenerative capacity by more than 50%. A shift from a “take-make-waste” to a closed-loop economy to enable an absolute decoupling of consumption from resource use and environmental impact in now an imperative for our society.  Circular Economy is a core research challenge for the Environmental Research Institute.

New technologies, processes, services and business models will be fundamental requirements for a circular economy

Research at the Institute is focused on producing sustainable materials, sustainable food and sustainable energy in a closed loop approach with minimal or no waste providing a framework to reduce environmental impact, improve competitiveness, increase security of supply and produce new business opportunities.

For a full list of Circular Economy research projects at ERI, see our research projects

Circular Economy - Research Projects

Circular Economy - Research Experts

For a full list of our experts, visit our people page.

Prof. Mary McCarthy

  • Food
  • Circular Economy
  • Climate Action
  • Academic
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Dr. Maria De Sousa Gallagher

  • Food
  • Materials
  • Circular Economy
  • Academic
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Prof. Jerry Murphy

ERI Deputy Director MaREI Director

  • Energy
  • Circular Economy
  • Climate Action
  • Management
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Prof. Marcel Jansen

  • Environment
  • Food
  • Circular Economy
  • Healthy Environment
  • Academic
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Eoin Flynn

  • Post Doc

Dr. John Morrissey

  • Food
  • Materials
  • Circular Economy
  • Academic
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