Christine Cole

Christine Cole

Research Fellow

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Staff Group(s)
Product Design


Dr Christine Cole is a Research Fellow in Product Lifetimes.

Working within the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products, Christine is currently working on designing for product longevity, exploring issues surrounding repair and reuse.

Career overview

Christine is a Chartered Waste Manager and Chartered Environmentalist. She has worked in local authority waste management and has had a variety of roles in the waste management area in both private and public sectors working with Local Authorities, contractors and in consultancy prior to joining NTU (in 2015).

Christine's EngD at Loughborough University was a collaborative project sponsored by Charnwood Borough Council and Serco. The research explored sustainable waste management solutions and investigated a Local Authority approach to Zero Waste. This mapped policy development, contract procurement, engagement with stakeholders and householder behaviour towards waste management. As a result of this work, the sponsoring organisations implemented changes to the household waste collection service, which resulted in a rise in the recovery of recyclable materials and top quartile results for the Local Authority.

Research areas

Current areas of research include -

Product longevity:

  • the life-span of consumer durables
  • repair and reuse of products
  • consumer influences on product life-spans.

Public policy:

  • the circular economy
  • household waste reduction
  • environmental labelling
  • product policy.

Sustainable production:

  • business ethics and CSR.

External activity

External examiner (PhD) - 2017 Kingston University, London

Chartered Waste Manager (MCIWM)

Chair - CIWM Waste Prevention, Special Interest Group

Fellow Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)

Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv)

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Journal reviewer for Elsevier's Resources, Conservation and Recycling

International Solid Waste Association Publication Award 2017, Runner-up.

Sponsors and collaborators

Recently funded projects

2017 Enabling community repair: Barriers and opportunities for repair projects at a grassroots level (The Restart Project, 2017)

Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP) is a RCUK funded project. CIE-MAP, a collaborative project involving  University of Leeds, University of Bath, Cardiff University and Nottingham Trent University, is one of six national research centres established in 2013 to develop strategies to deliver a step change reduction in industry’s demand for energy and materials.


Publications before joining NTU

Cole, C., Osmani, M., Quddus, M., Wheatley, A., Kay, K. (2014). Towards a Zero Waste Strategy for an English Local Authority. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 89, 64-75.

Cole, C., Quddus, M., Wheatley, A., Osmani, M. (2014). The impact of Local Authorities’ interventions on household waste collection: a case study approach using time series modelling. Waste Management, 34 (2), 266-272.

Cole, C., Osmani, M., Quddus, M.A., Wheatley, A.D. (2014). Moving towards Zero Waste in a UK Local Authority area: Challenges to the Introduction of Separate Food Waste Collections. In: Proceedings of ICEWM 2014: International Conference on Environment and Waste Management, Copenhagen, Denmark, 12-13 June 2014.

Williams, I.D., & Cole, C. (2013). The impact of alternate weekly collections on waste arisings, Science of Total Environment, 445-446, 29-40.

Cole C., Osmani M., Wheatley A., Quddus, M. (2013). Bulky Household Waste Management in a UK Local Authority Area: Current Practice, Challenges and Improvement Opportunities, Proceedings Sardinia 2013, Fourteenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, S.Margherita Di Pula, Cagliari, Italy; 30 September – 4 October 2013, pp.424.

Cole, C., Osmani, M., Quddus, M.A., Wheatley, A.D. (2012). Household Waste Management Practices in Charnwood Borough. Seventh Annual International Conference on Environment, Athens, Greece, pp.5-16.

Cole, C., Osmani, M., Quddus, M.A., Wheatley, A.D., Kay, K. (2011). Household waste management in the UK: current practices & challenges. In Castro, F, Vilarinho, C, Carvalho, J (ed) Proceedings of the First International Conference Wastes: Solutions, Treatments and Opportunities, Guimarães, Portugal, pp.56-61.

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Press expertise

  • Local authority recycling
  • Zero waste strategy
  • Extending product lifetime through repair and reuse