30-minute masterclass: How to implement the circular economy

Event Date: 12/09/2018 2:00 pm

This 30-minute masterclass, hosted in partnership with Cranfield University, will explore some of the skills needed to create value from the transition to a circular economy through innovation and business leadership.

Brought to you as part of the new Sustainability Leadership Programme developed by Cranfield University for edie’s network of sustainability professionals, this masterclass offers a taster of the full two-day course on sustainability leadership being held at Cranfield University in March 2019.

Estimated to be worth $4.5trn globally, the circular economy has quickly taken hold amongst industry leaders and innovative start-ups worldwide. This online masterclass will show you how to implement the circular economy in your own organisation, by exploring multiple models of circular innovation across various business functions and industry sectors.

The masterclass will be delivered by Dr Fiona Charnley, senior lecturer in circular innovation at the Cranfield Centre for Competitive Creative Design. The masterclass will be free to watch live at 2pm on Wednesday 12 September and will be made available for anyone to watch on-demand afterwards.

Masterclass discussion points:

  • Circularity in practice: turning challenges into opportunities
  • Development of a circular strategy
  • Approaches to sustainable and collaborative Innovation

The two-day Circular Innovation and Sustainability course which this 30-minute masterclass is a taster of will then help sustainability professionals develop their own value proposition to transform an existing business or create a new circular venture.   

Masterclass Speaker:


Dr Fiona Charnley

Senior lecturer in circular innovation, Cranfield Centre for Competitive Creative Design

Masterclass chair:


Matt Mace

Senior reporter, edie.net

Sustainability Leadership Programme

The Circular Innovation and Sustainability module will be held over two days on 6-7 March 2019 at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire. It is one of five modules running throughout 2019 as part of the full Sustainability Leadership Programme, which will equip sustainability professionals with concrete ideas and new abilities to effectively embed sustainability into core business strategy.

Find out more about the Sustainability Leadership Programme here.


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