UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre For Mineral-based Construction Materials

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Civil Environmental and Geomatic Eng

Abstract

177 million tonnes of virgin aggregates, 15 million tonnes of cement and 2 billion bricks were used to build houses, civic and commercial buildings, roads and railways, etc, in the UK in 2016. Meanwhile, 64 million tonnes of waste arose from construction and demolition. Materials from construction and demolition are mainly managed by down-cycling with loss of the value imparted to them by energy-intensive and polluting manufacturing processes; for example, high value concrete is broken down into low value aggregate. Environmental damage is associated with the whole linear life cycles of mineral-based construction materials, and includes scarring of the landscape and habitat destruction when minerals are extracted from the earth; depletion of mineral and energy resources; and water use and emission of greenhouse gases and other pollutants to air, land and water, during extraction, processing, use and demolition. It is important to take action now, to return materials to the resource loop in a Circular Economy, and reduce the amount of extraction from the earth, as the amount we build increases each year. For example, the UK plans spend £600 billion to build infrastructure in the next decade.
The UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research Centre for Mineral-based Construction Materials therefore aims to do more with less mineral-based construction materials, to reduce costs to industry, reduce waste and pollution, and benefit the natural environment that we depend on. There is potential for mineral-based construction materials to be reused and recycled at higher value, for example, by refurbishing rather than demolishing, or by building using reusable modules that can be taken apart rather than demolished, so all the energy that went into making them isn't wasted. It may also be possible to substitute minerals from natural sources by other types of mineral wastes, such as the 76 million tonnes of waste arising from excavation and quarrying, 14 million tonnes of mineral wastes that come from other industries, or 4 billion tonnes of historical mining wastes. We can also be more frugal in our use of mineral-based construction materials, by designing materials, products and structures to use less primary raw materials, last longer, and be suitable for repurposing rather than demolition, and using new manufacturing techniques.
First, our research will try to better understand how mineral-based construction materials flow through the economy, over all the stages of their life cycle, including extraction, processing, manufacture, and end-of-life. The Centre will work to support the National Materials Database planned by the Office of National Statistics, which will capture how, where and when materials are used and waste arises, so that we have the information to improve this system. We will also study how any changes we might make to practices around minerals use would affect the environment and the economy, such as greenhouse gas emissions, costs to businesses, or jobs. Second, we will work on technical improvements that we can make in design of mineral-based products and structures, and in all the life-cycle stages of mineral-based construction materials. Third, we will look at how changes in current business models and practices could support use of less mineral-based construction materials, such as how they might be able to move more quickly to new technologies, or how they might use digital technologies to keep track of materials. We will explore how the government can support these changes, and how we can provide education so that everyone working in this system understands what they need to do.
In the first 4 years of our Centre, 15 postdoctoral researchers will gain research experience working in the universities for 2y and will then work with an industrial collaborator for a year, to implement the results of their research. More than 20 PhD and 30 MSc students will also be trained in the Centre.

Organisations

 
Title Calcareous Arabesque 
Description CALCAREOUS ARABESQUE - a sustainable wall made from the sugar refining process The robotically extruded structure explores how calcium carbonate and bagasse waste, by-products of the sugar-refining process at Tate & Lyle, can be transformed and scaled-up into an architectural wall prototype. The material and geometric features are highly ornamental, offering important thermal and acoustic properties for indoor spaces. The complex surface was produced with the use of self-generative computational designs and digital fabrication, which suggest future outdoor use as 'scaffolds for inhabitation' where in future ridges and crevices can be occupied by plants and wildlife. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact The wall was exhibited at the London Design Museum as part of an exhibition entitled "Waste Age" 
URL https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/waste-age-what-can-design-do
 
Description (British Standards Institute) BSI Flex 260 - Digital Twin principles - representative of UCL to participate on the Advisory Group (AG)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/blog/Built-Environment-Blog/bsi-flex-260-blog/
 
Description Contributed to Call for Evidence on Sustainability of Built Environment - Environmental Audit Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1147/sustainability-of-the-built-environment/
 
Description Expert contributor to Net Zero All-Party Parliamentary Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://netzeroappg.org.uk/
 
Description ICE Low Carbon Concrete Routemap
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.ice.org.uk/ICEDevelopmentWebPortal/media/Documents/News/ICE%20News/LCCG_Publication_DRAF...
 
Description LEVEL 3 INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROJECT CIVE3750 PROJECT 2021/2022
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to new or Improved professional practice
URL http://webprod3.leeds.ac.uk/catalogue/dynmodules.asp?Y=202122&M=CIVE-3750
 
Description Postbriefing: Reducing the whole life carbon impact of buildings
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://post.parliament.uk/research-briefings/post-pb-0044/
 
Description Qualitative UK Roadmap for a Circular Economy for Construction Minerals
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Waste Prevention Programme: Construction Chapter
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Written Evidence to Environmental Audit Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1147/sustainability-of-the-built-environment/publications/writ...
 
Description Horizon Europe
Amount € 12,673,885 (EUR)
Funding ID 101058522 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 05/2022 
End 05/2026
 
Description 540 World 
Organisation 540 World
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited them to speak at lunchtime webinar to present the Cradle to Cradle principles and certification.
Collaborator Contribution Presented the Cradle to Cradle principles and certification for our community. Discussion also took place on the opportunity to take part in their FutureBuild stand but we could not commit due to other clashing events
Impact Webinar which was attended by 30 people from academia to industry
Start Year 2021
 
Description Collaboration with Tate & Lyle Sugars 
Organisation ASR
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution UCL have worked on the development of a novel biocomposite that is compatible with robotic fabrication methods for large scale applications. Using a circular economy strategy, we have upgraded waste calcium carbonate material - a byproduct of the sugarcane refining process. Our contribution is on three levels- biomaterial development, fabrication and design.
Collaborator Contribution Tate and Lyle (part of the ASR group) provided in-kind support in terms of time for meetings and consultation, site visits and provision of data. They povided raw materials in bulk.
Impact 1. Exhibition of Calcareous Arabesque - robotically extruded wall panel at Waste Age exhibition, London Design Museum 2. Presentation of paper on material development and fabrication at International Structures in Architecture conference, Denmark
Start Year 2021
 
Description Funded secondment with Environment Agency 
Organisation Environment Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I supported the the drafting of a Best Available Techniques (BAT) Conclusion template that incorporates the concept of the circular economy in such a way that advances circularity across all manufacturing and agricultural sectors in the UK economy. Also I have worked with the working other relevant teams such as cement and lime to identify obstacles within current regulation and standards to increasing the circularity of secondary use materials from the minerals-based construction sector, specifically cement and concrete. In a final workshop I coordinated a problem identification process to further understanding of the cross cutting nature of obstacles within different current UK regulation to increasing circularity in the economy.
Collaborator Contribution The Environment Agency and the UK BAT team have made available time and expertise for me to pursue research. I have had excellent support and guidance from my supervisor Paul Stevens with weekly catch up meetings to help develop ideas and identify the right people to engage with to take the research forward. The knowledge gained from the secondment (3 months) has been fundamental to the early stages of the research for my own project on regulation, standards and policy in the UK to further circularity within the MCM sector.
Impact Circular economy included in the UK BAT template. This is a new development in BAT Conclusions that the UK is seeking to include. Once agreed officially this will be a major regulatory additional mandatory requirement for industries. On concluding the secondment I will produce a report summarising findings, including from the workshops, which will be made available to the Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-based Construction Materials. The collaboration is interdisciplinary drawing technical and scientific disciplinary expertise from Environment Agency employees and law and policy from myself.
Start Year 2021
 
Description HLM Architects 
Organisation HLM Architects
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We introduced our ongoing research project within our research team at the University of Leeds.
Collaborator Contribution We received some data that may be useful to complete one of the planned research tasks in our research team.
Impact Conducting a life-cycle assessment of a building using the data provided by the HLM Architects. (multi-disciplinary) (disciplines involved: architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering)
Start Year 2021
 
Description National Highways 3B Eco-design 
Organisation Highways England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution National Highways is involved as an industrial partner. We have met frequently (usually monthly) for ideas regarding research case studies and for updates. We have identified a few infrastructure projects as case studies, and one of them specifically the Lower Thames Crossing where our research team will try to identify and measure circularity included in these case studies.
Collaborator Contribution National Highways intends to fund a one year postdoctoral placement to the postdoc of this project. Also, they have agreed to funding a doctoral studentship therefore they have been included in decisions regarding the topic of the studenship and will also be included in the interview process, and candidate selection. Shortly a non-disclosure agreement will be signed so they will be able to provide data on the selected case studies. They have also contributed to provide contacts for several topics.
Impact An output of this collaboration is the intention of funding a doctoral studenship with a topic relevant to National Highways interests. This studentship has been advertised and will go ahead with a funding agreement between National Highways and UCL. Another output is a research proposal created between our research team, National Highways and Network Rail called XTRICS for the CE-Hub Flexible fund, which was for the time being unseccesful. This proposal has not submitted yet somewhere else but a new partnership was created because of this.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Network Rail 3D Accounting-sustainability Hybrid Tool 
Organisation Network Rail Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Our research team (PDRA3D) has approached Network Rail with two collaboration meetings in the year 2021, to introduce our project, explore collaboration opportunities, and update progress. We also have been communicating through work emails to exchange information on drafting collaboration contracts and for project updates.
Collaborator Contribution Network Rail has expressed its interest in collaboration and agreed to an industrial placement for me to apply and validate the proposed tool in the year 2023-2024. It also intends to contribute by providing contacts for empirical data collection (interviews) for the project.
Impact No output yet
Start Year 2022
 
Description Resource recovery case study with European Metal Recycling for Horizon Europe FUTURAM project 
Organisation European Metal Recycling Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Prof Julia Stegemann had a series of meetings to discuss participation of EMR in the FUTURAM project
Collaborator Contribution EMR participated in the discussions with Prof Stegemann and has agreed to provide data about C&D-related mineral wastes for resource recovery case study
Impact Successful proposal to Horizon Europe on Future Availability of Raw Materials in the EU (FUTURAM)
Start Year 2021
 
Description Resource recovery case study with MACE for Horizon Europe FUTURAM project 
Organisation Mace
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Discussions with MACE over a period of several months, as the project was being defined, to develop the scope of their case study
Collaborator Contribution Participation in discussions with UCL, and commitment to provide data for a case study to test and demonstrate a new methodology for resource availability assessment through the UNFC for Anthropogenic Resources. MACE have agreed to provide data for demolition waste composition and recovery from a central London site, and/or company wide demolition and recovery.
Impact Successful proposal on Future Availability of Raw Materials in the EU (FUTURAM), submitted to Horizon Europe.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Skanska 
Organisation Skanska UK Ltd
Department Cementation Skanska
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited Skanska to join the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group
Collaborator Contribution Skanska and their ED&I Manager are supporting the actions of the centre, advising us on best approach and support mechanisms to ensure we reach our objectives
Impact Development of a ED&I Strategy, ED&I fund and advise on training opportunities to embed ED&I principles across the team
Start Year 2021
 
Description UKGBC Whole Life Carbon Reduction Task Group 
Organisation UK Green Building Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Since joining the Task Group, I have attended and actively contributed to discussions at 5 workshops. I expect to contribute to the drafting and finalisation of a report relating to the project aims.
Collaborator Contribution The Task Group has been formed, and is led, by UKGBC. The project has the following aims: (a) Increase understanding within the real estate sector of how circular economy principles can support whole life carbon reductions, and where there may be potential trade-offs. (b) Provide greater clarity on how circular economy may be measured and valued in relation to the whole life carbon of buildings. This will include the potential opportunities, challenges, and solutions in translating the carbon reduction outcomes into financial or other value metrics. (c) Gather and review further industry research and case studies to help support the above aims. The Task Group is comprised of approximately 40 members. Members contribute to workshop discussions on different themes, and will be involved in co-drafting and finalising a report.
Impact The output is expected to be a report. This will focus on how circular economy principles can reduce the whole life carbon of both new and existing built assets. The content of the report is expected to inform investment and design decisions.
Start Year 2021
 
Description XTRICS 
Organisation Highways England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Participation in meetings for the creation of a research proposal called XTRICS, and application to CE_Hub FLexible Fund in September 2021.
Collaborator Contribution Participation in meetings for the creation of a research proposal called XTRICS, and application to CE_Hub FLexible Fund in September 2021.
Impact The research proposal application to CE_Hub FLexible Fund in September 2021.
Start Year 2021
 
Description XTRICS 
Organisation Network Rail Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Participation in meetings for the creation of a research proposal called XTRICS, and application to CE_Hub FLexible Fund in September 2021.
Collaborator Contribution Participation in meetings for the creation of a research proposal called XTRICS, and application to CE_Hub FLexible Fund in September 2021.
Impact The research proposal application to CE_Hub FLexible Fund in September 2021.
Start Year 2021
 
Title Engineered Living Materials 
Description Development of a process to create biomineralised materials generated through the action of photosynthetic filamentous cyanobacteria 
IP Reference GB2113331.9 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2021
Licensed No
Impact Recent filing - P.Tamuli has been awarded a PhD studentship to continue the research.
 
Description 'Construction Material Tool-Kit' exhibition at the 2021 Great Exhibition Road Festival, Science Museum, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This 'Construction Material Tool-Kit' exhibition explores the different construction materials that are available to meet the needs of the global urbanisation transition, specifically highlighting the greenhouse gas emissions involved in producing them. Specifically, it involves the presentation of a play-kit and complementary display of the embodied greenhouse gas emissions of construction materials: wood (solid); engineered timber products; brick; concrete; steel; aluminium; rockwool. The play-kit consists of blocks of construction materials that are sized to match a cradle-to-gate embodied emission of 100 g greenhouse gas (CO2-eq.). Visitors (families including children) can pick the blocks up and play with them, while research team members are on-site and available to answer visitor questions. The play-kit is accompanied by a digital display showing the different materials and their cradle-to-gate greenhouse gas emissions within a family-friendly storyline "The three little pigs learn about sustainable construction".

This exhibition was presented to hundreds of visitors at the 2021 Great Exhibition Road Festival (Science Museum, London) over 9-10 October 2021, leading to many questions from families to our research team and interest from the Science Museum organisers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.greatexhibitionroadfestival.co.uk/
 
Description Edgar Wood Academy Construction Site Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 1 person from a company EOS and another person from a company Etex attended a construction site visit along with a postdoctoral researcher and a faculty member from the University of Leeds, which sparked questions and discussion afterwards, and the companies reported increased interest in related subject areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.edgarwood.org/
 
Description Lunchtime Webinar December 2021 with Dr Wendel Sebastian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Wendel Sebastian led 20 minutes of discussion, followed by questions posed from the audience. The event was attended by 30 people including postdoctoral researchers from the centre, as well as industry partners. This lively discussion lead to an impromptu additional 15 minutes of discussion between academics and structures professionals, sparking the possibility of additional collaboration expanding the scope of the Centre. It also led to a follow up request from BRE.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/circular-economy-centre-for-construction-minerals/news/2021/dec/structural-eng...
 
Description Lunchtime Webinar February 2022 Paul Capel and Chaline Church 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Paul Capel and Chaline Church presented the Cradle to Cradle principles, and the certification process as well as presenting specific case studies. This presentation was informative for our industry stakeholders and post-doctoral researchers who were able to gain an understanding in the advantages of cradle to cradle products and how this can prove financially interesting for businesses able to get a certification.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description National Launch NICER Programme - May 21 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact More than 100 people attended the ICEC-MCM national launch event. This allowed us to raise the profile of the centre and gained interests from businesses and policymakers. Following the event, we received a couple of requests from industry to engage into further discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1kXXupdi40
 
Description OECD Technical Expert Workshop on Modelling the Impact on Circular Economy and Low Carbon Transitions of the Covid-19 Recovery Packages 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Alvaro Calzadilla sat on a panel of experts at the OECD Technical Expert Workshop on Modelling the Impact on Circular Economy and Low Carbon Transitions of the Covid-19 Recovery Packages (13-14 April 2021). This workshop convened leading experts on modelling of economy-environment interactions. The workshop considered ongoing modelling efforts to quantify the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and government response measures on economic activity and environmental pressure. The aim of the workshop was to investigate the relationship between the post Covid-19 economic recovery and the transition to a resource-efficient and circular economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.oecd.org/environment/indicators-modelling-outlooks/oecdtechnicalexpertworkshoponmodellin...
 
Description Participation and presentation at Workshop: Nature Inspired Solutions for the built Environment (NISE 1): integrated natural and engineered systems at University of East London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Participation and presentation at the workshop with title: Eco-design technical characterisation of mineral-based construction materials in infrastructure system in the session regarding Cross-cutting PM: CCWS - Cross-cutting: Materials, Methods, Modeling & Resilience [Canada-US-Mexico special].
The purpose was to disseminate the intended outcomes and objectives of our research with a potential of creating collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://hdl.handle.net/2262/95277
 
Description Participation at Showcase: NICER Programme Circular Economy Showcase 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This one-day event showcased innovative Circular Economy Action through a series of short talks, expert Panel discussions (with audience Q&A) and facilitated networking. The SME Showcase in partnership with the Circular Economy Club is a part of this event. By participating in this event, I get the chance to talk to these innovative small businesses to share ideas and build relationships for potential collaboration in future. For example, I have got in contact with the Founder&CEO at ALDStone (a circular building material supplier), which has expressed interest in potential collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Participation in ICSA Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The International Conference on Structures in Architecture is an important meeting for the construction sector as well as architects/manufacturing specialists. A paper based on the exhibit Calcareous Arabesque was prepared, describing the fabrication method used to create the new biomaterial which was based on calcium carbonate waste generated from the sugar refinding process at Tate & Lyle, London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Participation to MI-ROG Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact TBC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation and Discussion: The complementary and synergies between the project and the Value Toolkit developed by the Construction Innovation Hub (CIH) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Construction Innovation Hub (CIH) has developed a Value Toolkit, which is a government-backed initiative designed to change the way the construction industry thinks about and measures value. It enables value-based decision making focused on driving better social, environmental and economic outcomes, improving the industry's impact on current and future generations. Our research team (PDRA3D) get in contact with the Director of Communications & Engagement of the CIH and presented our project (with the main aim of developing an accounting-sustainability hybrid tool in promoting circular economy principles) to explore and discuss the complementarities and synergies between the project and the Value Toolkit. As a result, constructive feedback has been provided by the CIH for the development of the proposed tool. The CIH also expressed interest in future collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation at conference on Valorising UK Mineral Based Construction and Demolition Waste in a Sustainable Circular Economy Through Standards, Policy & Regulation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A presentation at the UK-China Newton Funded conference on Valorization of Construction and Demolition Waste for Sustainable Infrastructure Development at Brunel University on 10-11 December 2021. My presentation Valorising UK Mineral Based Construction and Demolition Waste in a Sustainable Circular Economy Through Standards, Policy & Regulation raised awareness of the importance of regulation in valorising construction and demolition waste amongst an audience of mainly civil engineer academics. I wrote a blog - Adding value to construction and demolition waste to achieve sustainable development - which was published on the UCL Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-based Construction Materials on the 3 February 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description SME Workshop Oct-21 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 15 SMEs attended the SME workshops and had a chance to discuss with co-investigator of the centre potential ideas for submission to the IUK Circular Economy Call for SMEs. It sparked discussions afterwards with a number of companies. 4 companies submitted a proposal including 3 which involved directly ICEC-MCM co-investigators. We are still in discussion with 3 other SMEs for possible collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Talk to professional network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on 'Connections between construction waste and soil formation' given to the Professional Development Network/LROG (London Recycling Officers Group), 30 November, Shoreditch, 2021.
I invited individuals who might be interested in fieldwork on past mineral-based construction waste and recycling to contact me. One result.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description The economics of infrastructure development in East Africa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Alvaro Calzadilla participated as a panellist in a discussion about current approaches to economic assessment of infrastructure development in Africa and identify areas for future research to improve uptake of economic analysis in policymaking.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://events.manchester.ac.uk/event/event:k15g-kz6qmayv-gnb8a7/futuredams-webinar-series-the-econo...
 
Description The role of finance and financing conditions of large infrastructure projects: A CGE analysis of Ghana's Bui Dam 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Alvaro presented the paper "The role of finance and financing conditions of large infrastructure projects: A CGE analysis of Ghana's Bui Dam" at the 24th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis "Global Food System: Opportunities and Challenges"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Vice Chancellor Visit Presentation at the School of Business and Economics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Approximately 30-40 senior members of the School of Business and Economics attended a formal visit by the new Vice Chancellor, Professor Nick Jennings, on Tuesday 22 February.
The purpose of the presentation was to showcase the School's research on 'Climate Change and Net Zero'. The presentation sparked a question on the degree of interaction of researchers working on circular economy research projects across the University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Wienerberger UK Engagement Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact We were invited to present the Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-based Construction Materials to a team of 20 staff members from Wienerberger. It sparked questions and discussion afterwards on how the company could get involved in the activities of the centre. We agreed to arrange a follow up meeting and will also convene a meeting with our researchers at the UK Construction Week.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Workshop with ONS - Dec 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact We arranged a workshop with ONS and co-investigators and PDRAs of the centre to better understand how our activities could contribute to ongoing policy activities led by ONS. The workshop was followed by a mapping exercise and has led to several other conversations with ONS. We are now exploring the possibility to use the Material Flow Analysis model developed by one of our postdoctoral researcher for ONS purposes in their pursuit of tracking data on materials.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021