Research

A foundation of government and industrially funded research projects underpin the theoretical and practice based leadership of ECCE. Our activities currently focus on key sectors such as farming and food, building and construction, digital technology, wasteful flows of industrial materials, such as plastics and regional approaches to circular economic regeneration.

Research projects

Duration 9 months (Jan 2018 - Oct 2018)
Funding Body / Organisation ESRC IAA
ECCE Lead Allen Alexander
Partners Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Council
Overview of project Investigating the socio-economic performance of the Marine and Maritime Industries in Cornwall and the Isle of Scilly and identifying key enablers and barriers to developing Innovation within the population of Start-ups, Micro-companies and SMEs.
Duration

3 years (Jan 2019 to Dec 2021)

Funding Body / Organisation Interreg Seas to Seas Programme
ECCE Lead Allen Alexander
Partners

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
GMCC – Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (United Kingdom)
IT Tralee – Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Design. Institute of Technology Tralee (Ireland)
DCU Ryan Academy (Ireland)
FRCT – Fundo Regional para a Ciencia e Tecnologia (Portugal)
Orange Bird Crowdfunding (Portugal)
Oceáno Azul (Spain)
Atlantpole (France)
Vertigo Lab (France)

Overview of project

To explore and develop Innovation in the Blue Economy by fostering the technology transfer to SMEs in blue biotechnology and exploitation of marine resources by creating a network of public and private entities focused on the fund raising that make possible the start and scale-up phase. Funds such venture, business angels, participatory loan or crowdfunding will be offered by tools and services, so that the technologies and innovations “made in Atlantic regions” can reach the market turned into successful business projects.

Website http://fanbest.eu/web/en/
Duration

Sept 2018 – May 2019

Funding Body / Organisation ESRC Impact – Social Policy Network Funding
ECCE Lead David Monciardini
Partners

All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG) 

Overview of project

In the wake of an unprecedented level of interest in the issue of plastic pollution, and a consequent raise in plastic-related policies around the world, the current situation is that many policies are fragmented and disconnected. Problems of policy coherence risk undermining the effectiveness of existing rules. This impact grant is aimed at facilitating engagement between academic researchers and key public policy formers and influencers. It resulted in two workshops at regional and national level. The policy discussion has been informed by a comprehensive European survey of plastics policies across different jurisdictions performed by University of Exeter researchers.

Website https://www.policyconnect.org.uk/events/plastic-regulation-across-europe-and-uk
Duration September 2019 – August 2022
Funding Body / Organisation EPSRC
ECCE Lead Fiona Charnley
Partners University of Nottingham, University of Liverpool, Centre for Digital Built Britian, Centre for Process Innovation, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Petras Internet of Things Hub
Overview of project

The Connected Everything II (CEII) Network Plus will deliver a network of networks which will accelerate multi-disciplinary collaboration, foster new collaborations between industry and academia and tackle emerging challenges which will underpin the UK academic community's research in support of people, technologies, products and systems for digital manufacturing. Through a range of activities, including feasibility studies, networking, and thematic research, CEII will bring together new teams within a multidisciplinary community to explore new ideas, demonstrate novel technologies in the context of digital manufacturing, and accelerate impact of research into industry. 

Website https://connectedeverything.ac.uk/
Duration February 2019 – January 2022
Funding Body / Organisation EPSRC
ECCE Lead Fiona Charnley
Partners

University of Sheffield, Cranfield University, Rolls Royce, Airbus, Cisco, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, The Manufacturing Technology Centre, Riversimple

Overview of project ‘Circular 4.0: Data-Driven Intelligence for a Circular Economy’ (C4.0) aims to investigate how data, acquired through the latest advances in digital technologies, such as those catalysed by the Internet of Things (IoT), can shape decisions about the manufacture and utilisation of engineering products to accelerate the transition to a circular manufacturing system of the future.
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Duration March 2018 – February 2021
Funding Body / Organisation EPSRC
ECCE Lead Fiona Charnley
Partners Universities of Bristol, Aberdeen, Lancaster, Sheffield Hallam, Manchester, Northumbria, AFC Energy, AKZO Nobel, CENSIS, Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, ITM Power, National Nuclear Laboratory, Overlander Batteries, The Data Lab, Zentraxa
Overview of project This project investigates the use of innovative manufacturing methods to enable the reliable and scaleable production of evolvable bio-hybrid systems that possess the inherent ability to sense and repair damage and ‘self-heal’ in the form of 'immortal' products. This will ultimately lead to the development of products and devices that can continue to function without needing repair or replacement over the course of their life. For example, imagine a mobile phone that can self-repair its own screen after being dropped, or a circuit board in a laptop computer that can repair itself after being short-circuited. The outputs of this project have the potential to provide solutions to some of our greatest societal challenges and by doing so to reinvigorate the UK manufacturing industry by establishing it as a world leader in the production of self-healing systems.
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Duration 5 years (2017 - 2022)
Funding Body / Organisation EU H2020
ECCE Lead Prof. Stefano Pascucci
Partners 40+ partners – Main partners: University of Cartagena (E), Wageningen University (NL), Barilla Food Company (IT), Tuscia University (IT), LUKE (FI)
Overview of project

The project aims to develop and test different diversified cropping systems (rotations, multiple cropping and intercrops for food, feed and industrial products) under low-input practices, for conventional and organic systems for field case studies to increase land productivity and crops quality, and reduce machinery, fertilisers, pesticides, energy and water demands.

Our research team is focused on the evaluation of how the downstream value chains and the actors involved will be impacted by the new diversified cropping systems, and so, propose new organizational structures adapted to the new production models from a technical, social, cultural.

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