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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Ken Webster is a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University and a Visiting researcher at the Univ. of Auckland Business School. 

From 2010 - end 2018 he was Head of Innovation for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a circular economy pioneer organization, where he helped shape current notions of a ‘circular economy’.

His book The Circular Economy: A Wealth of Flows (2nd Edition 2017) relates the connections between systems thinking, economic and business opportunity and the transition to a circular economy. He makes regular contributions to conferences and seminars around the world. His current interests include; open vs closed circular economy approaches, construction and the built environment, extended producer ownership and materials data management. Ken is on the supervisory board of the Madaster Foundation in Amsterdam - a materials passport organisation.

He contributed to the new Handbook of the Circular Economy Handbook (Eds. Alexander, Pascucci and Charnley (2023) and was a contributor and editor on Earth for All from the Club of Rome. He is a lead author on circular economy for UNEP's GEO-7 report (in development).

A recent book with an emphasis on exploring different scales, especially in food and agriculture is ABC&D Creating a Regenerative Circular Economy for All (with Craig Johnson) (2022).

Ken Webster
Visiting Professor at Cranfield University
Visiting researcher at the University of Auckland Business School