The Team

Professor Peter Hopkinson

Professor of Circular Economy
University of Exeter

Professor of Circular Economy at the University of Exeter and Director of the Exeter Centre for Circular Economy. Peter has worked with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation since 2009 and established Exeter as an EMF Global Pioneer for Circular Economy in 2017. He set up and ran the world’s first MBA in circular economy and the Global MasterClass on the Implementation of Circular Economy for EMF, a practitioner focussed programme designed to support companies in their transitions from linear to circular value creation.

Professor Dennis Lam

Director of Bradford Centre for Sustainable Environments
University of Bradford

Chair of Structural Engineering, Director of Bradford Centre for Sustainable Environments (BCSE) at the University of Bradford and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, China and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He was formerly Chief Structural Engineer for the City of Wakefield, UK and spent more than ten years in industry.  He is the President of the Association for International Cooperation and Research in Steel – Concrete Composite Structures. He is the European Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Steel and Composite Structures and serves on the editorial boards for five international journals for structural engineering.

Professor Y C Wang

Professor of Structural and Fire Engineering

Professor Wang has graduated over 30 PhD students on different aspects of structural engineering and published more than 150 influential papers in academic journals, two books  and two design guides. He won the Institution of Structural Engineers’ best research paper award (Henry Adam Award) twice, once in 2011 and again in 2015. Of particular relevance to the proposed project is his ongoing research on the EPSRC funded project (EP/N01135X/1) “Structural and Fire Resistance of a Reusable Steel/Concrete Composite Floor System”, in collaboration with Professor Dennis Lam, which aims to develop a demountable, reusable construction system. Professor Wang not only has successfully delivered a large number of research projects, he also has extensive experiences of translating research into practice.

Atta Ajayebi

Post-doctoral Researcher
University of Exeter Business School

Atta has extensive expertise in material stock and flow assessment, LCA, system modelling and value stream mapping.  He studied his PhD at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), and received a Master’s degree from the University of Sheffield. Prior to joining the REBUILD team, Atta worked as a visiting scholar at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, and as a research assistant at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Han-Mei Chen

Post Doctoral Research Associate

M.Sc. (Distinction) in civil engineering and  Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Nottingham in 2009 and 2014, respectively. She was then appointed Geotechnical Engineer at China High-Speed Railway Engineering Group Co. Ltd. in 2016, working on various international projects, including Russia’s high-speed railway project and assisting with international competitive bidding for railway design. In 2017, she was appointed as a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Manchester. Her main research interests are in construction, circular economy and sustainability, soil-structure interaction and structural integrity of masonry and steel-concrete composite structures. She is author and co-author of over 10 international journal papers and conference papers.

Dr Kan Zhou

Post Doctoral Research Assistant
University of Bradford

Bachelor of Engineering (2012), Bachelor of Economics (2012) and a PhD in Structural Engineering (2017) from Tsinghua University. His main research interests are in circular economy and fire behaviour of composite structures. He has authored and co-authored over 20 journal papers and conference papers and 1 book.