Prof Harder is an established applied scientist with nearly 50 refereed papers and 9 PhD student completions. She has initiated and delivered on tens of projects, as head of the Waste and Energy Research Group, totalling over $3,600,000 of public and private funds in the last 7 years. Her projects have brought together collaborators from industry, research, manufacturing, engineering, NGOs, voluntary groups, SMEs, schools, community groups and local, regional, national and European government agencies.
Prof Harder believes that applied science work will have more impact if it is directly related to the wider context by relating it to environmental, social and economic issues, as appropriate. Nowadays, when all of these aspects are considered together, such work is described as Sustainable Development, and increasingly Prof Harder has found collaborators from wide ranging backgrounds who find overlap in her project topic areas. In particular this has increased her involvement in public education, which she has found absolutely vital for success in waste, recycling and composting projects.
Although her higher education took place in Western countries, Prof Harder spent many childhood years in developing countries, and is always pleased for opportunities to apply her work to systematic development there. She is currently liaising with the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, regarding the possibility of long term collaborations with them.
Prof Harder is a member of the Editorial Board of the Institute of Civil Engineers journal Waste and Resource Management and the Advisory Committee of Resource Recovery Forum. She convened the 'Recycling Incentives: the Power of Persuasion' conference (London, 2006), and has been an invited keynote speaker at an international conference on Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis (Budapest, 2006) and at End of Life Vehicles (ELV) (Warwick, 2006), and a Panel speaker at 'Plastics and the Environment' (Delhi, 2003). She is also on the Technical Committee for the UK showcase conference, WASTE 2008. Her work on lead contamination in ELV was used in the Department of Trade & Industry’s guidance on its hazardous nature. She reviews for several international journals, and actively participates in discussions of the UK Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Waste Group.
Cat Fletcher is a waste activist and all round resource goddess. She is a founding member and Head of Media for Freegle (UK’s biggest online reuse network with 1.7+ million members), has voluntarily run the 19,000 member strong Brighton Freegle group for 7 years which has kept thousands of tonnes of goods in circulation locally and increased community resilience to material and economic challenges. In 2012 Cat was charged with the task of sourcing materials as part of Design Team for the recently completed Brighton Waste House with the University of Brighton – which is 90% constructed with reused (second or third life) materials – a triumph of innovative waste prevention.
Cat who originally hails from Sydney, Australia has spent 2 decades in the UK being disruptive to and delivering solutions for everyday waste issues. She is a huge believer that we will all flourish by using less but doing more through cross sector collaboration, technology and people power.
Cat is the newly appointed Reuse Manager for Brighton and Hove city council’s modernisation programme, has plans afoot for a commercially viable local reuse depot and continues to work with a plethora of organisations to accelerate resourcefulness to reduce waste.
Further information click here.
Ex-insurance salesman Richard Mehmed started Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project back in 1998 as a panicked response to seeing good reusable wood in skips that were heading for landfill.
The idea took hold and became a multi award-winning social business model that not only make a significant contribution to reducing waste and saving resources, but also creates thousands of jobs, training and volunteering opportunities for disadvantages people nationwide.
16 years later and Richard has built it up to be one of the largest financially sustainable “social franchises” in the UK, with 26 outlets from Somerset to Glasgow with a combined turnover of several £million.
Richard wants to share the story of how he started not just an enterprise, but created a new industry sector – community wood recycling… all by fluke!
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Director of BBM Sustainable Design, award-winning architect, senior lecturer at the University of Brighton and an environmental campaigner, Duncan has been at the forefront of sustainable design for over 20 years since he designed and built the RIBA Competition winning scheme 'the house of the Future' with partner Ian McKay in 1994. In 1997 as Co-Director of BBM Duncan was part of the design team that won the competition to design The Greenwich Millennium Village in London. Since then he has practiced, researched and taught around issues of sustainable design & development. Duncan designed ‘The House That Kevin Built’ with Kevin McCloud in 2008. It was UK’s first prefabricated house made almost entirely of organic ‘compostable’ material and it was built in only 6 days live on Channel 4 attracting 5 million viewers a night. Duncan was the joint curator of the WasteZone seminar series and designer of the 9m high Waste Totem, both featured at EcoBuild 2013. He has also worked on numerous green retrofit projects, including ideas to keep & regenerate whole Victorian streets & 1960’s tower blocks so that they are Carbon Neutral.
Duncan is the architect and coordinator of the University of Brighton’s Waste House, which was constructed with the help of The Mears Group and their apprentices, as well as students from City College Brighton & Hove and the University of Brighton College of Arts and Humanities. To date nearly 700 people have been involved with the project.
Duncan is passionate about looking at ways of making our current cities truly beautiful, sustainable places to live in.
Using the Brighton Waste House and other positive models Duncan will discuss contemporary design solutions to the huge environmental problems currently plaguing Planet Earth due to humankind's habit of throwing things 'away'.
Liz Wester, Mdes Textile Design, Graduate work 2014, waste materials in textiles.
Exhibited as part of Eco Tech, image by Davidashpeake-photography
Gillian Youngs has been researching the impact of Internet developments on economy and society for the past 15 years. As an applied theorist she is actively engaged in knowledge exchange and business and policy related processes, including through the Knowledge Transfer Network of the UK’s innovation agency the Technology Strategy Board. She has recently been leading an ESRC research seminar series on Digital Policy and edited a collection from the series titled Digital World: Connectivity, Creativity and Rights published by Routledge in 2013. She was co-chair of the Design Commission inquiry ‘Designing the Digital Economy: Embedding Growth Through Design, Innovation and Technology’, which reported in May http://www.policyconnect.org.uk/apdig/research/report-designing-digital-economy-embedding-growth-through-design-innovation-and-technology). Gillian is Professor of Digital Economy and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research and Development in the College of Arts and Humanities, University of Brighton. Her current work includes the AHRC funded Brighton Fuse ‘Fusebox’ Knowledge Exchange project focused on the development of, and research on, a new start-up support programme for innovators at Wired Sussex.
· Forest manager operating in south-east England with a keen interest in environmental conservation and sustainable design.
· Set up Woodnet as a communication network and to improve commercial links between timber growers and wood users in the region. Woodnet was constituted as an educational charity in 2000. Partners in Woodnet include University of Brighton and Plumpton College who support the charity's educational objectives in the areas of architecture, innovative design, practical carpentry and woodland stewardship.
· Established and now runs the Woodland Enterprise Centre at Flimwell, which he has developed as a showcase of contemporary timber construction promoting the use of timber in design. The Centre supports research projects investigating innovative use of renewable resources from the region.
· Initiated and participated in a variety of European partnerships incuding Life, Interreg, Leader and Leonardo exchanges looking at improving environmentally-focussed practice in woodland management and timber use.
Further information www.woodnet.org.uk
Dr. Cressida Bowyer's first career was in music, most notably as a member of the KLF Communications team. The KLF were one of the seminal bands of the British acid house movement during the late 80’s and early 90’s and we released a series of international top ten hits on our own KLF Communications label. 1991 was the year that saw The KLF selling more singles than any other act in the world.
A few years of child-raising followed, and then Bowyer completed a degree in Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Brighton. This was followed by a PhD investigating hypoxia as a target for drug combination therapy of liver cancer, developing more effective ways to deliver life-saving chemotherapy in "beads" inserted directly into the liver, which elute the drugs direct to the tumour.
Bowyer is currently carrying out research for project Biocare Marine, the objectives of which are to isolate, characterise and sustainably utilise marine biomolecules for human healthcare. Bowyer is also researching photodynamic therapy to treat antibiotic-resistant infections. Bowyer represents the Faculty of Science and Engineering within the BRIDGE project, which utilises both her background in the arts with her later career in science.
William Edmonds is a research lecturer at ESITPA, school of engineering and agriculture, provide courses in: agriculture and territories, agribusiness, agro-industry and agribusiness. Their technical skills, their openness and adaptability allow them to contribute to sustainable development of agriculture and the environment.- Part of the network of Chambers of Agriculture - Recognized by the Ministry of agriculture, agri-food and forest as a public service to agricultural education - Empowered by the CTI (Commission for engineering qualifications) to deliver the engineering degree in agriculture since 1964
Dr. Patrick Dyer is an established multidisciplinary designer and exponent of the cross boundary translation of core craft skills into the development of technical and advanced materials including ‘active smart textiles’. Graduating with his first degree in ‘Textiles Design for Fashion’ (specialising in printed textiles) from the University of Brighton (1995), this was followed by a MA ‘Design by Independent Study which explored the articulation of rigid materials on the human form (2000). Returning to Textile for his Doctorial study, Patrick was awarded his PhD (2010) with the title Dynamic control of active textiles: The integration of Nickel-Titanium Shape Memory Alloys and the manipulation of woven structures.
Patrick’s combined knowledge and experience of textiles for the fashion industry and interiors has been strengthened by research and development into the use of textiles as an active biomimetic scaffold within the biomedical and engineering fields including medical textiles, compression garments, articulated and adaptive textile structures. From this interdisciplinary knowledge base, Patrick now regularly works with colleagues and students across a diverse range of design, fine art and engineering disciplines, advising on the use of advanced and ‘active’ materials as well as the potential and functionality of textiles structures.
Working as a freelance designer for Zandra Rhodes from the late 1980’s Patrick established himself as a versatile multidisciplinary designer working on a broad range of design briefs including prints for couture and ready to wear fashion collections, accessories, interiors and home wears. In the mid 1990’s after setting up his own design studio Patrick designed and printed textiles for fashion companies including ‘Sixteen 47’ and Paul Harnden as well as commissioned for interior design work by Bell Slater Architectural services and Caffè Uno London producing acoustic panels During this period Patrick also developed collections of printed and woven scarves exploring texture and transparency which were sold nationally through selected craft galleries.
The BRIDGE Team. Image by Davidashpeake-photography
Marie-Harder.pdf at University of Brighton, College of Arts and Humanities [pdf 22.2 MB]
Cat-Fletcher.pdf at University of Brighton, College of Arts and Humanities [pdf 12.4 MB]
David-Saunders.pdf at University of Brighton, College of Arts and Humanities [pdf 2.8 MB]
Cressida-Bowyers.pdf at University of Brighton, College of Arts and Humanities
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