The RE3 team

The RE3 – Rethinking Resources and Recycling – project is a unique collaboration among academic researchers of The University of Manchester across the Faculties of Science and Engineering, Humanities, and Biology, Medicine and Health. We are also working with cross-sector industrial partners (for example retailers, manufacturers and waste processing companies) and local councils to identify opportunities, challenges and key solutions to eliminating plastic waste, including the soft plastics that are difficult to recycle as well as “invisible” microplastics.

Management team

  • Professor Michael Shaver
  • Dr Alison Brown
  • Professor Frank Boons
  • Professor Lin Li
  • Professor Paul Mativenga

Advisory Board

  • Rachel Gray, Wrap – Chair
  • Helen Bird, Wrap – Deputy Chair
  • Professor Adisa Azapagic
  • John Aktinson, Astra-Zeneca
  • James Bull, Tesco
  • Ian Ferguson, CO-OP
  • Professor Chris Hardacre
  • Dr Helen Holmes
  • Professor Bill Sampson
  • Mike Scott, Argent Energy UK
  • Sebastian Stoddart, Samsung Electronics
  • David Taylor, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Professor Nick Turner
  • Adrian Whyle, Plastics Europe


  • Professor James Evans
  • Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid
  • Dr Arthur Garforth
  • Dr Claire Hoolohan
  • Professor Rahul Nair
  • Dr Martin Rose
  • Dr Marie Sharmina

Research Associates

  • Martin Burgess
  • Carly Fletcher
  • Dr Harish Jeswani
  • Yihe Huang
  • Kamil Oster
  • Dr Mitch Perry
  • Dr Catherine Walker

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