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Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship in Pathways to a Circular Economy, supported by Unilever

The overriding objective of this project is to build the evidence base concerning the potential for circular economies to be designed in a socially and environmentally sustainable way. The motivation is to contribute knowledge and new thinking to support the redesign needed to meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, paying particular attention to SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth) and SDG 13 (Climate action), via SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) within the consumer goods industry.

 

About the project


This study questions whether transitioning towards a more circular economy can have positive labour market impacts. In particular, the potential for the private sector and state to work towards lower environmental impact while stimulating labour market demand in lower income settings characterised by growing youth populations, insufficient decent work, and high levels of youth underemployment. This will be accomplished through (i) a detailed case study of circularity, and (ii) a review of the intersection of national policies of lower- and middle-income countries which promote jobs for young people and a greener economy.

 

Dr Anna Barford, Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellow

Dr Anna Barford, Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellow

Dr Anna Barford is the Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellow in Pathways to a Circular Economy, supported by Unilever.

She is interested in how we can effectively redesign our models of production and consumption so that value is cycled, whilst ensuring a socially and economically just transition. Anna’s research offers a systematic review and theorisation of the social in the circular economy, and a detailed case study of circularity within the Indonesian consumer goods industry.


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Biography:

Research interests

Anna is a social, economic and health Geographer. Her current work focuses upon how we can effectively redesign our models of production and consumption so that value is cycled, whilst ensuring a socially and economically just transition. Anna’s research offers a systematic review and theorisation of the social in the circular economy, and a detailed case study of circularity within the Indonesian consumer goods industry.

Career 

  • Official Fellow and College Lecturer in Geography, Girton College, University of Cambridge
  • Research Associate, Regimes of Austerity Project, Centre for Business Research, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  • Research Associate, Forced Migration and Infectious Disease Project, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • Research Associate & Study Co-ordinator, The Melanoma Interview Project, Institute of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge
  • Visiting Research Fellow, The Equality Trust and York Fairness Commission
  • Researcher, School Report Survey, BBC
  • Research Assistant, Worldmapper Project, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield
  • Intern, Department of HIV/AIDS, World Health Organisation, Geneva

Qualifications

  • Ph.D in Geography, University of Sheffield
  • MA in Sociology and Social Research, University of Nottingham
  • BA in Geography, University of Cambridge

Other affiliations

Anna currently holds a Fellowship and College Lectureship in Geography at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.

Anna is a founding member of the Decent Work and Youth Livelihoods group at the University of Cambridge, and she contributes to the Regimes of Austerity research project. 

Anna became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017.

Funding and awards  

2019  Global Challenges Research Fund Impact Acceleration Account NGO Data, ESRC-4: “Understanding the experiences of young people making a living in low-income countries”, follow-on funding

2018 Shortlisted for ‘Supervisor in the Arts Humanities and Social Sciences’, in the Cambridge University Student-Led Teaching Awards

2018 Global Challenges Research Fund Impact Acceleration Account NGO Data ESRC-4: ‘Understanding the experiences of young people making a living in low-income countries’, follow-on funding

2018 Global Challenges Research Fund Impact Acceleration Account NGO Data ESRC-4: ‘Understanding the experiences of young people making a living in low-income countries’. Collaborative analysis of an international youth consultation, with Co-PI Rosanne Palmer-White from partner NGO Restless Development

2018 Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme 2017/18 Round 2: ‘Peak youth and work in low-income countries’, University of Cambridge

2018 Returning Carers Scheme, University of Cambridge

2011 Roberts Funding, University of Sheffield, to support placement at The Equality Trust

2010 Buckley Summer Scholarship to attend the ‘Inequality and Social Change in Britain and the United States’ workshop of ‘Social Change: A Harvard – Manchester initiative’

2009 Dudley Stamp Memorial Trust research grant, Royal Geographical Society

2009 Gold Award for ‘The atlas of the real world’, from the U.K. Geographical Association

2007–2010  PhD funded by U.K. Economic and Social Research Council’s and three studentships

2007 Award for Excellence in Leading Geography, from the UK Geographical Association 

2004–2005 MA full scholarship, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham

2003 David Richards Travel Scholarship & Vacation Study Grant for fieldwork in Nepal, University of Cambridge

2003 Sidney Sussex College Downham Yeomans scholarship, University of Cambridge 

Publications

Barford, A. and Cieslik, K., 2019. Making a life: a youth employment agenda. https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.41570

Barford, A. and Coombe, R., 2019. Getting by: young people’s working lives. https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/292310

Gray, M. and Barford, A., 2018. The Depths of the Cuts: the Uneven Geography of Local Government Austerity. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.

Barford, A., 2017. Emotional responses to world inequality. Emotion, Space and Society, v. 22, p.25-35. doi:10.1016/j.emospa.2016.10.006.

Barford, A., 2016. Discourses supporting socio-economic inequality in Kenya, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Portuguese Journal of Social Science, v. 15, p.331-347. doi:10.1386/pjss.15.3.331_1.

Barford, A. and Dorling, D. 2016. Mapping Disease Patterns. Wiley StatsRef: Statistics Reference Online. Published Online : 17 MAY 2016, DOI: 10.1002/9781118445112.stat06102.pub2

Barford, A. and Pickett, K. 2015. How to Build a More Equal American Society: Lessons from Successful Experiences. Solutions, 4(5), 60-71 

Smallman-Raynor, M., Cliff, A. and Barford, A. 2015. Geographical Perspectives on Epidemic Transmission of Cholera in Haiti, October 2010 Through March 2013. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 105(4), 665-683

Barford, A. 2014. Representation. in Castree, N., Kitchin, R., Lawson, V., Lee, R., Paasi, A., Radcliffe, S., and Withers, C. (eds.) Sage Handbook of Human Geography. London: Sage. 

Barford, A. 2014. 'Challenging Assumptions: The causes of international inequality', Geography, 99(2), 103-6. 

Barford, A. and Dorling, D. 2011. Inequality. In Southerton, D. et al. (Eds.) Encyclopaedia of Consumer Culture. SAGE Publications, London 

Dorling, D., Newman, M. and Barford, A. 2010. Atlas of the real world (2nd edition). Thames and Hudson, London. Also published in Germany and Austria.

Barford, A., Dorling, D. and Pickett, K., 2010. Re-evaluating self-evaluation. A commentary on Jen, Jones, and Johnston (68:4, 2009). Soc Sci Med, v. 70, p.496-497. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.10.059

Barford, A., 2009. World poverty - what can we do about it? Geography, 94, p.215-218.

Dorling, D. and Barford, A., 2009. The inequality hypothesis: thesis, antithesis, and a synthesis? Health Place, 15, 1166-1169. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.06.005.

Moraru, M., Barford, A. and Dorling, D. 2009. Cartografiando la extensión de la globalización. Geofocus, 9, 1-18

Two further foreign language editions of Dorling, D., Newman, M. and Barford, A. 2009. The atlas of the real world. Published in South Korea and Japan.

Dorling, D., Newman, M. and Barford, A. 2008. The atlas of the real world. London, Thames & Hudson.  Also published in the United States, France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.  

Barford, A. 2008. Worldmapper, des centaines de cartes du monde sur Internet. M@ppemonde, 89(1), 1-15

Barford, A. and Dorling, D. 2008. Telling an old story with new maps. In: Dodge, M., McDerby, M. and Turner, M. (eds.) Geographic Vizualization: Concepts, Tools and Applications. Wiley, Chichester

Barford, A. and Dorling, D., 2007. Re-ordering the world. Geography Review, v. 20, p.8-11.

Barford, A. and Dorling, D., 2007. The shape of the global causes of death. Int J Health Geogr, v. 6, p.48-48. doi:10.1186/1476-072X-6-48.

Dorling, D. and Barford, A., 2007. Shaping the world to illustrate inequalities in health. Bull World Health Organ, v. 85, p.890-893. doi:10.2471/BLT.07.044131.

Dorling, D., Barford, A. and Wheeler, B., 2007. Health impacts of an environmental disaster: a polemic. Environ Res Lett, v. 2, p.045007-045007. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/2/4/045007.

Barford, A. and Dorling, D., 2006. A new approach to mapping the world: visualizing facets of international health. Natl Med J India, v. 19, p.234-235.

Barford, A., Dorling, D., Davey Smith, G. and Shaw, M., 2006. The cause for quiet celebration.. BMJ, v. 332, p.1095-1096. doi:10.1136/bmj.332.7549.1095-c.

Barford, A., Dorling, D., Davey Smith, G. and Shaw, M., 2006. Life expectancy: women now on top everywhere. British Medical Journal, v. 332, p.808-808. doi:10.1136/bmj.332.7545.808.

Dorling, D. and Barford, A. (2006). Humanising Geography. Geography, Autumn 2006, 187-197

Dorling, D., Barford, A. and Newman, M., 2006. WORLDMAPPER: the world as you've never seen it before. IEEE Trans Vis Comput Graph, v. 12, p.757-764. doi:10.1109/TVCG.2006.202.

Moraru, M., Barford, A. and Dorling, D. 2006. The long war. Student BMJ, 14, 445

"This Fellowship offers me the chance to work at the intersection of the world’s most pressing environmental, social and economic challenges. By working on the socio-economic dimensions of circular economy models, I consider how business and governments can ensure that the necessary green transition is also a much-needed just transition."

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"Universities contribute to society through the creation of new knowledge and the development of new skills. It is our aspiration to do this in ways that are relevant and purposeful.

The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme, hosted by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, will help us to do just that by allowing academics to engage productively with business, government and financial institutions for society's benefit – both in the UK and globally."

Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge

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