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Lancaster University

Masters by Research: Enviroo
Location Lancaster University
Starts Oct 2021
Deadline 04 Aug 2021

Get paid to do a Masters with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University and Enviroo.

Location: Lancaster University

Project details

• Get paid £16,000 tax-free.

• Have your tuition fees reduced. Your partner company pays £2,200 towards your fees, meaning students eligible for home fees pay only £2,300. International students will need to pay the remaining £20,050.

• Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation within a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led R&D.

• The Centre is based at Lancaster University, so you will gain your Masters from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Sunday Times University of the Year 2018 and International University of the Year 2020.

• Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas or progress on to further study.

The business and academic support

This Masters by Research will be based within Lancaster University’s Psychology department, however there is an element of business and marketing to the research. Applicants should preferably have interests in inter alia sustainability, environmental issues and recycling. The Graduate Researcher will be supervised by Professor Mark Levine and Dr Mark Hurlstone in Psychology.

Enviroo Ltd will be part sponsoring this Masters by Research project and are in the process of building a recycling plant in the North West UK which will recycle 100% of the Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) plastic waste that it receives and create ‘food-grade’ polymers from this. They are passionate about creating a closed loop recycling method, with long term viability and their ethos is to bridge the current gap between consumers and circular economy stakeholders.


You have: a 2:1 degree or above in in Psychology (or a related discipline).

You have: excellent English language skills.

The Challenge

How can we incentivise consumers to recycle on the go?

Within the home, most of us have become quite used to sorting our rubbish and recycling. However, this behaviour doesn’t seem to have transferred to when we are ‘on-the-go’ as most of the packaging and waste we consume goes straight to landfill. Enviroo Ltd plan to develop a customised reverse vending machine that can collect consumers recyclable waste on-the-go. This project will investigate how best to encourage consumers to continually use this facility.

This 1 year Masters by Research project will investigate why there is a discrepancy in people’s recycling behaviours i.e. between recycling at home and on the go. The focus will be on determining the attitudes, motivations and likely incentives in order to change people’s behaviour and make on-the-go recycling habitual. The project will also investigate how to make a deposit return scheme successful (rather than just a one-off occasional behaviour); what products the consumer would be interested in recycling and how best to incentivise consumers to use these machines to recycle on the go.

What you will gain

  • • Work alongside a business partner gaining enviable industry experience
  • • Gain input from a team of academic supervisors
    • Gain a tax-free stipend each year
    • Have reduced tuition fees
    • Access a research budget for travel and consumables
    • Further your career with a postgraduate application
    • Develop links with both the business and academic community
    • Help to solve a real-world problem which allows a shift to a low carbon economy

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to funding confirmation.

Learn more about Lancaster University

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation was established in 2012 based on the University’s pioneering decision to place its world-class environmental research at the heart of driving innovation for Clean and Sustainable Growth. Our previous projects have supported more than 700 SMEs since 2012 and two of its graduates won the prestigious James Dyson Award in 2018.

Through our flagship project Eco-I North West we are recruiting researchers onto a number of funded Master's by research (MRes) projects. These will be recruiting from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Graduates join a substantial cohort of like-minded and ambitious researchers, providing an important peer network and support group. You’ll be mentored by our Innovation Fellows and benefit from both academic and business supervision and support.


“Being a part of this research group gives you a unique perspective into how businesses and centres for academic research can work together to generate real world impact. You feel part of something bigger, because you are!”

Phoebe Sutton, Graduate Researcher, May Barn Consultancy Ltd

“Being a researcher within the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation has given me an amazing opportunity to be involved in the development of technology that will hopefully have a real, tangible and positive impact on reducing energy consumption.”

Cathy New, Graduate Researcher, Hardy and Ellis Inventions Ltd

“It has opened so many doors for me as a researcher. My company has taken me to Germany, France and London, so I’ve had the chance to travel. It’s really opened my eyes to the possibility that the skills I have learnt could allow me to work abroad.”

Rebecca Burns, Graduate Researcher, Isoprime

“The idea of curiosity-driven science never appealed to me, as the possibility that all of my hard work may never benefit anyone was too daunting. However, my project had very specific research objectives and I was safe in the knowledge that my research was likely to benefit my business partner.”

Jonathan Longden, Graduate Researcher, Nucleotide Nutrition Ltd

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