Professor Fiona Charnley
Associate Professor of Circular Economy and Co-Director Exeter Centre for the Circular Economy
Fiona joined Exeter Business School in May 2019 after working for eight years at Cranfield University as a Senior Lecturer in Circular Innovation. Fiona has a background in Industrial Design and has established herself as a thought leader in the Circular Economy, working at the interfaces of Design, Innovation and Manufacture.
Fiona is an investigator on a number of research grants including the EPSRC funded projects 'Circular4.0: Data-Driven Intelligence for a Circular Economy', ‘Small is Beautiful’ and 'Manufacturing Immortality'. Fiona also successfully led the EPSRC funded Network in Re-Distributed Maufacturing, Big Data and Consumer Goods (RECODE) and is a member of the management group for the Connected Everything Network Plus.
Fiona has extensive experience of working with organisations from across sectors to identify new approaches to design, innovation, manufacture and business modelling to transform resource use and value creation. She has also led multiple education and executive training programmes to support future leaders in developing the skills and capabilities necessary to transform our industrial system from linear to circular. In 2018 Fiona was recognised as one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering by the Women's Engineering Society and the Telegraph for her contribution to Circular Economy research and education.
BA Industrial Design (Loughborough), MSc by Research (Cranfield), PhD Whole System Design (Cranfield)
- Circular Design and Manufacture
- Data-driven Decision Making
- Self-Healing Materials
Fiona is principle investigator of the EPSRC funded grant 'Circular4.0: Data-Driven Intelligence for a Circular Economy' which aims to identify how data from products in use can inform intelligent decisions surrounding the implementation of Circular Economy strategies so as to accelerate the implementation of circular approaches to resource use within UK manufacturing. Partners of this project include the Universities of Sheffield and Cranfield and industrial partners Airbus, Riversimple, Rolls-Royce, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Manufacturing Technology Centre. She is also a Co-Investigator of the EPSRC funded project 'Manufacturing Immortality' collaborating with 7 other Universities and multiple industrial partners to investigate the development and application of self-healing materials. Fiona’s role in this is to investigate and quantify the potential value creation from the application of self-healing materials and products and to demonstrate the impact on the transition towards a more circular economy. Previously, Fiona successfully led the EPSRC funded Network in Re-Distributed Maufacturing, Big Data and Consumer Goods (RECODE) consisting of over 20 industrial partners and is a member of the management group for the Connected Everything Network Plus.
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Awards and Honours
- Top 50 Women in Engineering 2018 (Women’s Engineering Society and The Telegraph)
- External Examiner for the Dyson School of Engineering, Imperial College, London
- Visiting Academic, Cranfield University
- External PhD Examiner for Loughborough, Surrey, De Montfort and Teesside Universities and the Royal College of Art, London
- Member of the Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship Advisory Board
- 2019 Rushlight Show
- 2019 ABIS and Unilever Role of Circular Economy in rethinking plastics
- Industrial Lectures: Suez Spain, McDonalds, Positive Momentum, EDIE, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Fiona has led multiple education and executive training programmes to support future leaders in developing the skills and capabilities necessary to transform our industrial system from linear to circular. In her previous position, she was Director of the Mater of Design Programme, developing and delivering courses on design thinking, strategy and sustainability.
Fiona is currently leading the Exeter MBA Corporate Challenge as well as integrating design thinking and circular economy into the curriculum. She is working with the ECCE team to create new executive, online and part time educational offerings in the Circular Economy field.