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Stephen Parkinson

PhD student,



Stephen Parkinson (Parky) is a Researcher at Earthwatch and PhD student in the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Nottingham.

Stephen joined Earthwatch in 2018 having obtained a BA degree in Geography from the University of Cambridge. He works across several Horizon Europe research projects, looking at the "science of citizen science" and trying to improve the way projects involve local communities and members of the public. In October 2023, Stephen joined the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training as a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. His PhD research is currently based around the CircleUp project [] and explores how households can be more meaningfully involved as actors in the circular economy. Previously, Stephen worked in the freshwater team at Earthwatch, supporting research on the FreshWater Watch project.

Research Summary

PhD title: Personal data in the circular economy

My PhD aims to contribute to the discussion around responsible research and innovation within the circular economy looking specifically at how households can successfully be empowered as actors in the transition to the circular economy and to what extent digital technologies and data can play a role in this process. The central argument is that, with the right support, households can make a more effective contribution to the circular economy than the current system allows.

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