Business Model Innovation for the Circular Economy (Sustainability Leadership Labs)

Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership

Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership


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Who should attend

Those working in strategy, sustainability, innovation, R&D, sustainable design, new product development, business development, service innovation, start-up entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, change managers and stakeholder engagement would benefit from attending the Lab.

About the course

The challenge facing organisations is how to envisage and design the right future business model that helps to make the transition to circularity. This will support companies to remain competitive and operate sustainably in an increasingly interconnected world.

Use cutting-edge business model innovation tools designed by the University of Cambridge to discover how to transform your business to deliver uncaptured and sustainable value throughout the lifecycle, and design value propositions for the stakeholders in your business networks.

  • Is your business getting the full benefit of the value you are creating for customers and other stakeholders?
  • Could your current business model be actively destroying value and ultimately affecting the organisation's ability to capture value in the long run?
  • How do you identify resource synergies that will enable circular business models?

Answers to these questions will be explored during the two-day short course, through the business model innovation tools, industry case studies and insights from leading research on the circular economy.

Benefits of attending

This workshop will stretch your thinking through discussion with leading academics and practitioners, as well as active participation with case studies. Through participation, you will:

  • develop a new lens for business model innovation
  • analyse and deliver sustainable value across a product lifecycle
  • gain new perspectives on value creation and capture
  • identify opportunities for implementing circular economy solutions
  • gain access to the CISL international network of sustainability leaders
  • share and learn from others about being a change agent.

These two-day immersive workshops will help you tackle emerging opportunities for a more sustainable business. With access to cutting-edge insight and best practice, you will continue your professional development, collaborate with practitioners and network with peers – with real application to your organisation.

Shaped around four key themes; operationalising sustainability, sustainable innovation, sustainability leadership and sustainable finance, each workshop will provide a deep dive into topics such as life cycle analysis, big data, sustainable investment, employee buy-in and vision, environmental impact assessment and frugal innovation.

Future topics will be decided based on emerging trends and delegate demand. We welcome your suggestions and encourage you to get in touch if you would like to recommend course content or discuss further.


Mélanie Despeisse

Mélanie Despeisse research area focuses on the relationship between industry and environmental sustainability at various scales, from operational resource efficiency in manufacturing processes to corporate social responsibility in strategic planning. The aim of her research is to develop tools an...

Steve Evans

Steve is Director of Research, Institute for Manufacturing at The University of Cambridge and Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability. Biography Steve spent 12 years in industry, finally as Engineering Systems Manager at Martin-Baker Engineering, the...

Doroteya Vladimirova

Dr Doroteya Vladimirova is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Industrial Sustainability, Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge where she leads research on value innovation and new business models for a sustainable future. Biography Doroteya’s focus is on managing b...

Ian Bamford

Prior to joining Cambridge, Ian had 35 years of industry experience, working at senior levels in multinational companies such as Dell, Philips and Groupe Bull, as well as setting up and running small and mid-sized technology and consulting businesses in the USA and the UK. He has a strong intere...

Alicia Valero Delgado

Alicia Valero Delgado is head of the group of industrial ecology and resource efficiency at the Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption (CIRCE - Institute) and is lecturer at the University of Zaragoza in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Her more than fifteen years research act...

Ken Webster

Head of Innovation at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (UK) 2010-2018 Visiting Fellow: Cranfield University Supervisory Board Member Madaster Foundation materials passports and data Author: Circular economy: A Wealth of Flows (2nd Edition 2017) Sense and Sustainability Education for a Changing ...

Miying Yang

Dr Miying Yang joined the University of Exeter in Jan 2017 as a Lecturer in Engineering Management. Prior to this, she obtained her PhD degree at the Institute of Manufacturing at University of Cambridge in Jan 2016, and has worked as a Research Associate at University of Cambridge and Research F...

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