Eunomia & KTN Report: Identifying UK Academic Capability in Plastics Research

Posted on Posted on 8 Jun 2021

Eunomia report on Academic Capability in Plastics Research has now been published.

In 2017 KTN published ‘An industry guide to polymer research’, a document highlighting where significant areas of polymer (plastics and elastomer) research was undertaken within the UK. Over the last few years, the increased level of interest in the issue of plastic waste and its effects on the environment has led to many more academic research activities being undertaken to understand and tackle the issue of persistent polymers.


Founded in 2018 and hosted by KTN, the UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN) has been engaging with Britain’s best scientists and innovators to help move the country towards more circular and sustainable approaches to plastics.


This report, produced by Eunomia on behalf of UKCPN, is a follow up to ‘An industry guide to polymer research’. The report takes a more detailed look at some of the research projects and institutions looking to reduce the impact of polymers on the environment. Taken with the previous report, almost all academic institutions in the UK involved in polymer research are indicated and for a number of institutions the breath of academic research, expertise and capabilities in plastics circularity the UK is clear.


The reports may be of relevance to both the organisations wishing to discover particular areas of academic excellence and research activities focused on reducing problematic waste entering the environment and also wider research on polymers in general.


Following on from these reports the UKCPN is also to publish a UK Plastics Circularity Landscape Map in early 2021. 


If you work for an institution that is not featured in the Eunomia report but would like to be included in the landscape map please get in touch with us.


View the report here


Established in 2001, Eunomia Research & Consulting is an international environmental consultancy dedicated to adding value to organisations through the delivery of improved outcomes. Working throughout the UK, the EU and beyond, Eunomia’s international team of consultants have experience and expertise in environmental, technical and commercial disciplines across a range of subject areas, including waste management, circular economy, decarbonisation, plastics, natural capital and more. Visit the Eunomia website here

a Member

Sign up for free to receive news, event alerts & funding opportunities.
Click here to sign up to UKCPN