Providing for human needs in ways that sustainably manage finite resources and recover value from rather than lose materials into the environment.
The Resourceful Futures challenge area explores the importance of providing for human needs and regenerating nature by sustainably managing both renewable and finite resources, and recovering value rather than wasting energy, materials and water. The magnitude of the threats of not achieving the Resourceful Futures objectives is significant enough to consider it an independent challenge, but is clearly interlinked with the rest of the challenges of Sustainable Futures. The smart management of resources implies a systemic vision and is crucial to becoming resilient, tackling climate change and achieving healthy and inclusive futures.
The Resourceful Futures challenge has been divided into the following six sub-groups, which bring together academics with different perspectives to collaborate. The Resourceful Futures sub-groups are:
- Economy: Economic aspects related to Resourceful Futures (Co-leads: Professor Jonathan Pinkse and Dr Claudia Henninger)
- Society and politics: Social and political aspects related to Resourceful Futures (Co-leads: Dr Joe Blakey and Dr Claudia Henninger)
- Environment: Environmental aspects related to Resourceful Futures (Co-leads: Dr Laurence Stamford and Nicolas Labra)
- Technology and materials: Technologies and materials that can be applied to achieve Resourceful Futures. (Co-leads: Professor Yong Wang and Dr Raphael Tarpani)
- Policy: Policies that can help to achieve Resourceful Futures (Co-leads: Dr Alison Browne and Dr Claire Hoolohan)
- Quantification, qualification and modelling: Measurement tools (both quantitative and qualitative) of the level of achievement and impacts of Resourceful Futures as well as the modelling of different scenarios (Co-leads: Dr Raphael Tarpani and Nicolas Labra)
If you are interested to be part of one (or more) of the subgroups and being informed of future activities (e.g. specific seminars, working in internal or external consortia for calls or doing networking) please contact the Area Challenge Lead Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid.
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Resourceful Futures Challenge Lead
Dr Claudia E Henninger is a Reader in Fashion Marketing Management and teaches a number of units at BSc and MSc level in the Department of Materials relating to fashion marketing, online marketing, consumer behaviour, and sustainability. Claudia gained her PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2015, which focused on ‘Corporate Identity in the Context of the UK’s Green Slow-Fashion Industry and Micro-Organisations’.
Her research interest focuses on sustainability in fashion, and more specifically the circular economy, and end-of-life treatment of garments (e.g., recycling, upcycling). Her work has been published in the European Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Fashion Marketing & Management, and the International Journal of Management Review, and she has edited a variety of books on sustainable fashion, including “Sustainability in Fashion – A Cradle to Upcycle Approach”. Claudia is an Executive Board Member of the Sustainable Fashion Consumption Network.
Resourceful Futures Steering Group
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