Personal profile

Research overview

My research explores how relationships between knowledge and practice determine the management of waste in sustainable futures, with an emphasis on governing activities occurring within and between organisations.  

I am interested how reuse is seen as part of a systemic transition towards a more circular economy. I explore how organisational practices support and/or undermine reuse within society, both materially (e.g. infrastructure) and symbolically (e.g. stigma). My research reconceptualises reuse beyond individual practice, extending the roles of organisations in addressing waste as a systemic sustainability problem.

I am interested in supervising PhDs on the following topics:

  • Reuse (in the Circular Economy)
  • Organisation responsibilities for waste
  • Zero Waste


Profile Keywords

Circular Economy; Sustainable Governance; Reuse

Teaching activity


MN5001: Contemporary Global Issues in Management

MN4100: Contemporary Issues in Management 





Lucy is the Director of Teaching in Management.

She joined the School of Management in 2011 as a PhD student and became a member of staff in 2016. She is a member of the interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Ethics and is currently a visiting researcher at the Pentland Centre for Sustainable Business at Lancaster University

Her PhD in Management  is entitled A Resourceful Application: Understanding the Scottish Zero Waste Project in 2015. She has an MSc in Sustainablity Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Lund in Sweden and an LLB in Law and Politics from the University of Edinburgh.

Lucy has advisory experience working with private enterprise, NGOs and government on sustainability and the circular economy. As well as publishing in interdisciplinary journals and The Conversation, her work has also featured in industry publications including The Circular. 

Lucy is a member of the University's Sustainability in the Curriculum group.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


  • HM Sociology
  • circular economy
  • sustainability science
  • zero waste
  • reuse


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