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Dr Lucy Chamberlin

Dr Lucy Chamberlin

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

+44 (0) 1392 72

Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Lucy joined the Business School in 2021 to work with the UKRI NICER programme, specifically on developing a Knowledge Platform including work on longitudinal case studies and a qualitative synthesis of circular methods and frameworks for the Circular Economy Hub.

From 2017-2020 she conducted doctoral research at the Department of Design, NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, which used design approaches and methodologies to explore ways of engaging consumers and transforming consumption as part of a circular economy (supervisors: Professor Casper Boks and Associate Professor Ida Nilstad Pettersen).

Lucy has an interdisciplinary background spanning English Literature (BA UCL, 2006) and Environmental Technology (MSc Imperial, 2012) and has also worked with the circular economy field outside academia, as business analyst at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2013) and research /programme manager for the RSA Great Recovery (2014-16). Through the latter role and her PhD research in particular she has also been concerned with action research and taking a design approach to public engagement.

She has given lectures and workshops at NTNU, the Royal College of Art, UAL and the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge and in 2019 she created an exhibition called Future Consumer using activist and speculative design methodologies which is now on display in the Science Museum, Trondheim. 


BA (English)

MSc (Environmental Technology)

PhD (Sustainable design) 

Research interests

  • Circular Economy
  • Consumption
  • Design for Sustainability
  • Design for Behaviour Change
  • Cultural approaches to sustainability
  • Systems and Transitions
  • Design Futures and narratives