Sustainability Leadership Labs

Business Model Innovation for the Circular Economy



This two-day Lab is a short course offering a deep dive into a topic which has been shaped primarily around the key theme of the circular economy.



25-26 February 2019


Duration, format and location

Two-day professional development residential seminar


Madingley Hall, High St, Madingley, Cambridge CB23 8AQ, UK



The course fee includes accommodation and meals. Discounts may be available for multiple delegates from the same organisation or participants from not-for-profits, developing countries, and self-funded individuals.


Find out more and register for the lab


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.


Learn from industry experts and thought leaders

The deep dive into the business model innovation tools will be led by Dr Doroteya Vladimirova from the Scaler Project and the Centre for Industrial Sustainability, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) at the University of Cambridge.



Confirmed speakers for this Lab include:

  • Ian Bamford, Commercial Director, Centre for Industrial Sustainability, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Mélanie Despeisse, Assistant Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Professor Steve Evans, Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability, Institute for Manufacturing and Director of the Centre for Industrial Sustainability at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge
  • Jon Khoo, Innovation Partner, Interface
  • Kresse Wesling, MBE, Co-founder, Director of Elvis & Kresse
  • Dr Dai Morgan, Deputy Course Director, MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • Gary Punter, Head of Technology, AB Sugar
  • Dr Chander Velu, University Senior Lecturer in Economics of Industrial Systems, Institute for Manufacturing
  • Dr Doroteya Vladimirova, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge  
  • Dr Miying Yang, Lecturer in Engineering Management, University of Exeter 

If you are unable to attend the full Lab you may wish to attend the free keynote lecture. Register here


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.

For further information please contact:

Doroteya Vladimirova

T: 01223 764663