The Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT) places fundamental concepts of sustainability and circularity at the core of research, innovation, training and outreach in applied science and engineering. Our work applies a whole system approach to the following areas:

Clean energy
Bio-based resources and production
Sustainable materials
Chemical and bio-chemical processes
Waste valorisation and recycling

Since its establishment in 2008, the Centre has received over £50M in funding, graduated more than 100 PhD students, involved over 110 academic staff and interacted with over 80 external partners. Through STBAH, one of Centre’s innovation programmes, it has worked with 120 SMEs to help generate £14M of grant income and £12M of investment*. Through our public engagement activities, we have shared our research with a wide range of audiences including policymakers, school children, businesses and festival goers.

The Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies is an evolution of the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, established in 2008 to conduct multidisciplinary research across science and engineering. This evolution reflects both our broadening research expertise in systems analysis and global recognition of the major impact emerging circular economies can make on sustainable development.

*The STBAH programme is not claiming credit for all grants/investment. The STBAH programme is running until 31 March 2021.

What we offer


Our team of leading researchers develops cutting-edge technologies focussed on solving global sustainability challenges.

The CSCT’s interdisciplinary research spans local, national and international consortia.

Industry & Innovation

Our innovation hub and close links with industry ensure that our research is informed by real-world needs to address sustainability issues.

We work with a range of industrial partners, from startups and SMEs to multinational corporations, providing them with business support and facilitating links with research.

Public Engagement

We take our research to schools, festivals and policymakers to inform, inspire and engage.

Working closely with Government, learning societies and other stakeholders, we inform and influence the national debate on sustainability and the circular economy.

PhD Programmes

The CSCT hosts over 60 PhD students who work in interdisciplinary topics, from clean energy to renewable feedstocks.

Besides carrying out world-leading research, each cohort undertakes a complementary training programme that provides them with additional skills in innovation, entrepreneurship and public engagement.