Our research is rooted in engineering, but spans the disciplinary boundaries of our own subject and connects to all the other disciplines involved in bringing about a world in which we use less. As well as engineering, members of our team come from backgrounds in chemistry, economics, geography, the social sciences and environment management. And our work isn’t carried out in isolation. We’re well connected in industry, in policy, and to other universities across the world. We know that we can only have the impact we want if our work is integrated into the evolving thinking of colleagues in other places and contexts.

This is reflected in our research themes. Across these themes we have around 20 current projects, which involve partnerships with dozens of partner companies, government departments and institutions, and other research organisations.


Whole systems thinking

The group is developing tools to support interactive top down analysis and visualisation of energy, material and natural resource systems.

Material demand reduction

Our work is focussed on the transition to a future which requires less material production. Our interests span across the commercial reality of material demand reduction in business, to the implications of present and future policy options.

Novel material processing technology

We develop new processes to make more efficient use of material, including computer controlled flexible metal forming machines, removal of toner print from paper and flexible net shape casting.