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Professor Peter Hopkinson

PositionProfessor of Innovation and environmental strategy
LocationUniversity of Bradford School of Management
Emm Lane
West Yorkshire
DepartmentSchool of Management
Telephone+44 (0)1274 234325
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Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Circular economy including systems thinking and systems optimisation, waste energy and resources, business models, innovation and enterprise and diversity and scale.


Peter Hopkinson is professor of Innovation and environmental Strategy at the University of Bradford School of Management, and academic director of the partnership programme with the Ellen Macarthur Foundation. The University has recently been announced at the first Global Pioneer University for the Circular Economy by the Foundation.

Peter has set up and runs the Post Graduate Certificate and Global Distance Learning MBA in Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy and before this ran an MSc in Business Strategy and Environment for 10 years. Peter is a National teaching Fellow, the highest award in the UK University sector for teaching excellence. His research interests are in the relationship between natural environmental and resource issues, innovation and organisational strategy and adaptation. For a decade he has been co-director of the Higher education Environmental Performance Improvement project and was Director of the University’s award winning Ecoversity programme between 2006 -2010. He has specific interest in the impact of digital technology and innovation on environmental and resource issues and together with the Ellen Macarthur Foundation is developing innovative on-line and open access courses on the circular economy. The on line executive education course for the Global 100 circular economy club has attracted over 100 delegates in the first two cohorts. Peter undertook his PhD at Leeds university at the Institute for Transport Studies. His research work has been published in Environment and Planning, Technology, Work and Society, Journal of Cleaner Production. International Journal of Sustainable Development and International Journal of education for sustainable development. Peter is currently the Director of the University's new £6M re:centre, a cross University initiative focussed on executive education, business start up and incubation, student enterprise and academic research and development on the circular economy.

Study History

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, PhD (Leeds)

Research Areas

Circular economy; Business models for radical resource productivity; Organisational change and adaptation to external environmental issues.

Current Projects

Currently working on the translation of the circular economy to City level and regional scale. Product, service, system innovation for radical resource productivities.


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