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 Dan Eatherley

Dan Eatherley

Senior Research Fellow

Skilled in technical research and communication, I’ve a deep understanding of environmental and sustainability issues with a grounding in both natural and social sciences. I am currently the Senior Research Fellow on a 2-year project investigating opportunities for small and medium-sized food businesses in SW England to adopt the principles of the circular economy.

Prior to, and alongside, my current role at the University of Exeter Business School, I offer consultancy support to private, public and charitable clients in the UK and abroad including the European Commission, the UN Environment Programme, Defra, Devon Local Nature Partnership, Greenpeace and Scottish Natural Heritage.

I am the author of a non-fiction book aimed at popular audience called Bushmaster: Raymond Ditmars and the Hunt for the World’s Largest Viper (Arcade, NY, 2015) and a forthcoming one on the past, present and future of invasive species in Britain (HarperCollins, 2019). I have also written more than 100 news articles for Scientific American, New Scientist, The Guardian, BBC Wildlife, European Financial Review, The Conversation and the New York Post.

Previously, I made natural history documentaries for nine years in Bristol, filming worldwide and working as Assistant Producer (including on two major BBC series hosted by Sir David Attenborough – The Life of Mammals and Planet Earth). 

Nationality: British


  • MSc in Sustainable Development with Distinction (University of Exeter, 2006)
  • BA (Hons): Biological Sciences (Zoology): First Class (University of Oxford, 1995)


Research clusters

Research interests

  • Circular economy, waste management and resource efficiency
  • Green technologies
  • Ecosystem services
  • Natural capital accounting
  • Lean manufacturing

Research projects

I am currently a Senior Research Fellow on an EPSRC-funded research project: “Food and the Circular Economy - South West: Exploring the opportunities available to, and challenges faced by, small and medium-sized enterprises in the food and beverages manufacturing industry as they transition towards the circular economy.”

Other work includes: writing popular news articles; undertaking market research; tender/bid writing; technical & market studies; preparing case studies; policy evaluation; website revision; communication & interpretation of research; conducting interviews & questionnaires; conference presentations; drafting user manuals, leaflets, website copy, press releases & company newsletters; site visits UK & abroad; economic & process modelling.