Dr Ruth Cherrington
Lecturer in Sustainable Futures
+44 (0) 1326 255029
Stella Turk Building B046-021
University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE
Ruth works across several research projects supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) that address the intersecting topics of innovation, circular economy, and skills development. Her research focuses on the relationship between resources, business, and the environment, with the aim of expanding knowledge and understanding in these areas. Her work aims to bring together business engagement activities and regional initiatives in order to build and implement innovative teaching and learning approaches.
Ruth joined the University of Exeter in February 2017. In her previous roles she was responsible for several industry funded research projects which focused on the environmental, social and financial implications of the materials and manufacturing processes within sectors such as automotive, energy and aerospace.
Ruth graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy in 2010, and is an Associate of the Camborne School of Mines (ACSM) from the University of Exeter. She was later awarded the degree of Doctor in Philosophy in Engineering and postgraduate award in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Warwick. She was selected to take part in the GW4 Crucible 2021 which offers the opportunity for future research leaders to come together to generate innovative, multifaceted responses to tackle global challenges. She trained to become a facilitator of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method in 2021, which she regularly uses to engage with businesses and students in workshops. She has recently acheived Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), demonstrating a commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience through the Academic Practice (PCAP) Apprenticeship.
- BSc (Hons) Renewable Energy
- PhD in Engineering
- Circular Economy
SMART and Sustainable Coatings ( funded through the UKRI EPSRC Circular Economy Network+ in Transportation Systems)
Aug 2020- Mar 2021
In the move towards light weighting and the circular economy (CE), thermoplastic composites in transport are becoming increasingly attractive. However, the thermoset coatings traditionally applied for these applications cause subsequent problems for thermoplastic recycling systems. Therefore, to address this issue, this research collaboration between the University of Warwick and the University of Exeter looks at both academic developments in the coating industry and potential implementation strategies for industry in the circular economy.
Exeter Multidisciplinary Plastics Research hub: ExeMPLaR (EP/S025529/1)
Jan 2019 – June 2021
In a circular economy, clean growth is achieved by increasing the value derived from existing and planned economic infrastructure, products and materials which in turn significantly reduces or eliminates negative externalities. Increased value can be achieved by maintaining the integrity of a product or material at a higher level, using products longer, cascading their use in adjacent value chains and designing pure, high quality feedstocks (avoiding contamination and toxicity). A circular economy approach to plastics addresses simultaneously the accumulation, impact and costs in the environment whilst maintaining applications for multiple high value purposes. To translate potential to reality requires new circular plastics systems that
a) co-ordinate and integrate key system players and activities across the value chain
b) are underpinned by rigorous scientific research evidence;
c) promote novel and creative approaches to the circulation and cascading of plastics in society and;
d) demonstrate and proof points in support of decision-making and action at varying scale