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Room 219

Washington Singer Building University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, Exeter, Devon EX4 4QG

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Workshop 2: Networks for Change – Mapping networks and influence for plastics in the South West.


We are pleased to invite you to attend the second workshop of the ExeMPLaR research project. The purpose of this workshop is to understand who the stakeholders in the plastics economy are, to map their motivations for the status quo and for change, and to begin to identify possible levers for change, by bringing together a range of industry practitioners, policymakers and leaders who are local to the southwest.

We will engage in a variety of activities to answer the question of “who”, “why”, and “how to change”. The role of the facilitators is to set the scene at the beginning, encourage lively discussion and then capture the best bits. By the end of the day, we will co-create a network for change that will be shared on the ExeMPLaR platform with all participants. Just to be clear, everything discussed will be treated in confidence along ‘Chatham House’ rules, and in accordance with the University of Exeter’s code of ethics.


09:30 – 10.00 Registration & Refreshments

10.00 – 10.10 Welcome: Dr. Joanne Smith (Assoc. Professor)

10:10 - 10:30 Networks for Change - an introduction (JS)

10:30 – 11.15 Workshop Session 1: Who?

  • What are the groups/stakeholders in the plastic economy?

  • What is the size of stakeholder/influence/impact?

  • Stakeholder relationships - conflict/congruent?

(11:15 - 11:30 Coffee available)

11:30 - 12:15 Workshop Session 2: Why?

  • What is their 'stake'?

  • Costs & benefits of status quo (why?)

  • Costs & benefits of 'change'

12.15 - 13:00 Lunch & Networking

13:00 - 13:45 Workshop Session 3: How to change?

  • Levers for change - for each stakeholder/group

  • Synergies/relationships among levers (unintended consequences)

13:45 - 14:30 Workshop Conclusion: Shared narrative

14:30 Event Ends


Room 219, Washington Singer Laboratories, Perry Road, University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, Exeter, EX4 4QG

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Car parking for this event is can be found on the University of Exeter campus - PLEASE NOTE parking is limited on campus. There is on-street parking on Prince of Wales road, which runs alongside the Washington Singer Building. There are two accessible parking spaces on Perry Road, and a further two spaces next to the Wellcome Centre for Mood Disorders. Otherwise please find alternative parking, see map of Campus car parks here and/or car sharing so please offer a lift where you can, please find more information on car sharing here.


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Room 219

Washington Singer Building University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, Exeter, Devon EX4 4QG

University of Exeter, Streatham Campus



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Organiser University of Exeter - ExeMPLaR - Multidisciplinary Plastics Research Hub

Organiser of ExeMPLaR Workshop 2: Networks for change - Mapping networks and influence for plastics in the South West

ExeMPLaR Research Project - Funded from 1st Jan 2019 for 18 months the Exeter Multidisciplinary Plastics Research Hub (ExeMPLaR) is one of eight prestigious new research projects across the UK. The eight projects will see researchers investigating alternatives to fossil-based materials for plastics, as well as looking into the complex factors involved in the lifecycle of plastic materials, from consumers' and business' needs and behaviours, to how to use technology to reclaim or break down plastics.

ExeMPLaR will combine the expertise of academics from across the University who will also work alongside a large number of partners, including public bodies, businesses and the public sector. This requires a whole systems approach and a shift in mindset from a linear take-make-dispose to a circular economy model. It aims to develop regional circular plastics systems which optimise circular flows of plastics for the highest value and greatest potential for value creation and significant reduction of negative externalities. The underpinning logic is to draw on the wide expertise of Exeter researchers and their research networks to connect high quality academic research with key collaborative partners in an Exeter University Plastics Research hub - ExeMPLaR - using the SW UK region as a demonstrator. The network will become a key legacy that outlives ExemPLaR. The focal point is designed around the core requirements of a systems level approach. 

The objectives are to overcome a number of technical and system design challenges:

  • Establish a research hub and a regional network to build transformative circular economy approaches to tackling the challenges of plastics in society. 
  • Enhance understanding of the flows and impacts of plastic in a regional context, identifying the factors, barriers and enablers that affect current system performance. 
  • Develop the first-stage of a suite of system-level evaluation tools, integrating indicators for ecosystem services, human health/well-being and economic value into current Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tools to assess current impacts and evaluate system-oriented interventions. 
  • Perform and evaluate a minimum of three short demonstration projects to assess the potential to design, optimise and replicate regional circular system elements, configurations and arrangements that afford opportunities for circular value creation and the enablers and incentives required to support this.

Read more about ExeMPLaR

Peter Hopkinson, Professor of Circular Economy & Director of the University Exeter Centre for Circular Economy

Peter is Director of the University of Exeter Centre for Circular Economy that brings together academic researchers, business, policy makers and civic society to support the transition to a circular economy. He set up and ran the world’s first MBA in circular economy and a global on-line executive education programme for leading global businesses, innovation companies and educators. He is most concerned with developing the scientific evidence base for circular economy theory and practice at varying scales and within different industrial contexts.

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ExeMPLaR Team


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