Professor Fiona Charnley
Professor of Circular Innovation and Co-Director Exeter Centre for the Circular Economy
Building:One, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4ST, UK
Fiona joined Exeter Business School in May 2019 as Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for the Circular Economy. She has published extensively within the fields of design, innovation and manufacture for a circular economy.
Fiona is Co-Director of the UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Hub harnessing the UK’s leading research capabilities; creating new knowledge, tools, behaviours and relationships to capture economic, social and environmental value from a Circular Economy. Fiona leads a number of government and industry-funded research projects covering topics such as the use of digital technology to inform decisions surrounding the implementation of circular economy strategies and the development and application of self-healing materials to enable product life extension.
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.
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 Co-Director of the UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Hub, part of the National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) Programme to accelerate and scale the UK's transition towards a Circular Economy.
She also leads Exeter's contribution to Circular Revolution in collaboration with Riversimple and Swansea University. This is a project funded by the Welsh European Funding Office to support SMEs in West Wales and the Valleys to adopt Circular approaches to innovation and business.
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 :
ACCESS - Advancing Capacity for Climate and Environment Social Science funded by the ESRC
Connected Everything II - An EPSRC funded Network+ to support Digital Manufacturing
EPSRC Innovation Launchpad Network - coordinating a programme of Researchers in Residence in collaboration with the UK's Catapults
Previously Fiona was 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.
She also previously led the EPSRC funded Network in Re-Distributed Manufacturing, Big Data and Consumer Goods (RECODE) consisting of over 20 industrial partners.
External Engagement and Impact
Awards and Honours
- Top 50 Women in Engineering 2018 (Women’s Engineering Society and The Telegraph)
- Visiting Tutor Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
- External Examiner for the Dyson School of Engineering, Imperial College, London
- 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
TeachingFiona 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.