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Marta Ferri

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Marta Ferri

Lancaster University

Charles Carter Building




After my MA in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bologna, I started to collaborate as project manager and researcher with the Zero Waste Research Centre. This institute is part of an international network of NGOs with the aim to reduce the generation of waste. I have worked in waste management, materials classification and recycling networks, with focus on sustainability and circular economy issues in communities and companies organisation. I took part to the EU-China NGOs Twinning Exchange Program, promoted by the German NGO Stiftung Asienhaus and supported by Robert Bosch Foundation and Stiftung Marcador. Thanks to this program, I had the chance to carry out field research about the governmental and the “unofficial” urban waste management in Beijing, in collaboration with the Chinese NGO Friends of Nature.

I have collaborated as facilitator for the Zero Waste Europe Foundation in the Life Eco-Pulplast project, that aims at demonstrating the possibility to recycle pulper waste – the industrial waste of paper mills that use recovered paper – in the manufacturing of eco-sustainable plastic pallets.

I have been project manager of the Zero Waste Families pilot project in Capannori (Italy), the first Italian institutional project to aim to reduce the generation of waste. This pilot has attracted significant attention by local, regional and national media; and I had the chance to be on Italian National Television discussing my work with the Zero Waste Research Centre in the same programme that also included an interview with Ellen MacArthur.

Current Teaching

Graduate Teaching Assistant on the following:

  • OWT.100 Management and Organisational Behaviour

  • OWT.101 Organisation, Work & Technology


Current Research

My research is on plastic waste and the Circular Economy and it focuses on how discarded plastics from being “waste” become “valuable” according to the promotion of a circular model. This process of “translation” of waste into resources is analysed according to an ANT approach. This is conducted through the study of how different stakeholders, technologies and ideas are engaged and mobilised toward the shift to a low carbon economy.

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