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Circular Economy and the Right to Repair

Circular Economy and the Right to Repair

Join the CE-Hub and guest speakers to discuss the ‘Right to Repair’ for the first in a series of lunchtime webinars.

With guest speakers from the Big Repair Project, IFixit, the Office for Product Safety and Standards and the CE-Hub. Join us to discuss our right to repair as citizens and the opportunities and challenges associated with repair.

Meet the Speakers

Session Chair: Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh – University of Bath

Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh is an environmental psychologist, specialising in perceptions and behaviour in relation to climate change, energy and transport. She is Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST). Her research projects have included studies of energy efficiency behaviours, waste reduction and carrier bag reuse, perceptions of smart technologies and electric vehicles, low-carbon lifestyles, and responses to climate change.

Professor Mark Miodownik – Big Repair Project

Mark Miodownik is the UCL Professor of Materials & Society. For more than twenty years he has championed materials science research that links to the arts and humanities, medicine, and society. Mark also recently launched the Big Repair Project to study the lifetime of appliances and electronics in peoples’ lives. Increasing repairability will be as much social, cultural and economic change as it is technological. The Big Repair Project allows citizens to get involved in how they want this change to happen.

Dr Żaneta Muranko – CE-Hub

Żaneta is an Impact Fellow at the CE-Hub. She is a practitioner, researcher and educator in design engineering and human behaviour in the circular economy. She specialises in product and system design engineering, human behaviour, and circular production and consumption models.​

Stephen James – Office for Product Safety and Standards, BEIS

Stephen James is Lead Engineer at the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) at BEIS. OPSS was created in January 2018 to deliver consumer protection and to support business confidence, productivity and growth. They regulate a wide range of products with a focus on their safety and integrity. As a member of the engineering and technology team, Stephen provides technical advice to support the work of OPSS policy makers and enforcement.

Kyle Wiens – IFixit

Kyle is the founder of IFixit, the free repair manual. IFixit produce free repair manuals for electronics so that you can fix things yourself, at home. His background is in Computer Science, but over the course of writing teardowns and researching e-waste for fifteen years, he has been able to work with and learn from experts in metallurgy, electronics engineering, semiconductor manufacturing, mechanical design, and materials engineering.



This 1 hour webinar will include:

12:00 – 12:05 Welcome and Chair Introduction

12:05 – 12:25 Speaker presentations

12:25 – 12:55 Audience Q&A

12:55 – 13:00 Chairs Closing Remarks

13:00 Close


This webinar recording is now available on YouTube.



Online Event


26th May 2022


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