Skip to main content
Phil Purnell has recently taken on the role of Interim Head of School (Civil Engineering). He remains Deputy Academic Lead for the new £40M+ LETeC experimental infrastructure engineering campus (having previously been Academic Lead) and completed a 4-year role as Director for the University of Leeds’ Cities interdisciplinary research theme, co-ordinating interdisciplinary research from 100+ academics into Cities across Engineering, Environmental Science and Economics.

He is PI of the £5M UKRI “Self-Repairing Cities” Grand Challenge project and until recently was Convenor for the £7M NERC/ESRC/DEFRA Resource Recovery from Waste programme. From a background in cement and concrete technology, his research now investigates all aspects of infrastructure from materials to business models, sustainability and economics with a particular emphasis on the circular economy.

Phil’s current activity includes strategic advisory roles for DEFRA, UKRI, Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ and the Resource Council, and visiting positions at The University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Art. He has been PI or Co-I on 14 industrially-supported UKRI projects worth £30M from EPSRC, ESRC and NERC, has published >100 papers with >3500 citations and a current h-index of 32.

He is a regular contributor to science and technology media (e.g. BBC Radio 4 Plastic Fantastic, BBC4 TV Ceramics: How They Work and ITN Pothole Wars) and delivered the 2017 IoM3 Mellor Memorial Lecture.

Sign up to our newsletter

Find out more about news and events from the Textiles Circularity Centre - our innovations in textiles manufacturing and design for a circular bioeconomy; consumer experience design that gives citizens agency to participate in the circular economy; and open access to circular textiles through supply chain design and technology.