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Associate Professor, critical materials and product design, The Netherlands

The research and teaching is both multi-faculty and across universities. David joined the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment from Industrial Design Engineering, on 1 August 2016 having worked for many years in the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. The activities covered includes 21st century sustainability challenges, resource constraints, critical raw materials, circular cities -  business, innovation, scarcity history, companies and critical materials, governmental (EU member state and EU) policy towards resources and new closed loop business models.

David teaches on the opportunities and challenges regarding circular innovation and circular business models. Research has a focus on the opportunities arising from critical (scarce) materials and circular business solutions in the international urban context. David is the university lead for the Ellen MacArthur Pioneer University membership and leads the Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship programme. David researches and teaches in the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering and in the cross university programme Leiden Delft Erasmus Centre for Sustainability (LDE CfS). In the LDE CfS David works with the Rotterdam School of Management on circular business models.

David is a manager of large EU projects. He was the principal investigator in EU 1 FP7 (CRM Innonet) and 2 H2020 projects (ERN - remanufacturing & ProSUM - Urban Mine). New teaching approaches include the development of an EdX MOOC on circular design entitled circular economy – an introduction. David is the manager for TU Delft in the EIT Raw Materials, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) http://eit.europa.eu/, programme. He has a focus on the circular business models and critical materials in this programme.

Adjunct Professor, Politecnico di Milano, MIP Graduate School of Business, Milan, Italy

Adjunct Professor at MIP on the full time International MBA bootcamp course: circular economy. This course is supported by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for a circular economy.

Honorary Associate Professor, The Bartlett, UCL, UK


Academic background

David Peck is an Associate Professor in the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment with a focus on Circular Built Environment. David works in the Architectural Engineering and Technology Department, in the section Climate Design and Sustainability. He joined Architecture from his academic role in TU Delft faculty Industrial Design Engineering. Based on work from numerous EU funded research projects, current linear economy approaches mean that the security of resources will become increasingly constrained. David’s research proposes a circular approach to business, design and development in cities. David is a TU Delft lead for the pioneer university status with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for a circular economy. David is adjunct Professor at MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business and an Honorary Associate Professor, The Bartlett, University College London. Both teaching positions in the field of innovative new circular business models and circular economy. David is also supervisor of international PhD’s, both in Coventry University and Università IUAV di Venezia. He is the TU Delft lead in a Horizons 2020 project, ProSUM - Prospecting Secondary raw materials (critical materials) in the Urban Mine and mining waste and the recently completed H2020 project ERN – European Remanufacturing Network. David leads projects in the EU KIC EIT Raw Materials (sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution). More recently the EU funded H2020 Pop Machina (circular cities) started in June 2019.

Education/Academic qualification

Industrial Design Engineering

Award Date: 18 Nov 2016

Coventry University

1 Jun 20001 Jun 2001

Award Date: 21 Jun 2001

University of Warwick

1 Sep 19981 Jun 2001

Award Date: 1 Jun 2001

Coventry University

30 Sep 199230 Jun 1996

Award Date: 3 Jun 1996

External positions

Honorary Associate Professor, University College London (UCL)

Jan 2019 → …

Professor, Coventry University

17 Jan 2017Jun 2019

Adjunct Professor MIP, Politecnico di Milano

1 Feb 2014 → …

H2020 reviewer and committee member, European Commisssion

1 Jan 2014 → …


  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Critical materials
  • Circular economy
  • sustainability
  • circular cities

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Research Output

A review of methods and data to determine raw material criticality

Schrijvers, D., Hool, A., Blengini, G. A., Chen, W. Q., Dewulf, J., Eggert, R., van Ellen, L., Gauss, R., Goddin, J., Peck, D. & More Authors, 2020, In : Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 155, 17 p., 104617.

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  • 11 Citations (Scopus)
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    Greater circularity leads to lower criticality, and other links between criticality and the circular economy

    Tercero Espinoza, L., Schrijvers, D., Chen, W. Q., Dewulf, J., Eggert, R., Goddin, J., Habib, K., Hagelüken, C., Hurd, A. J., Kleijn, R., Ku, A. Y., Lee, M. H., Nansai, K., Nuss, P., Peck, D., Petavratzi, E., Sonnemann, G., van der Voet, E., Wäger, P. A., Young, S. B. & 1 others, Hool, A., 2020, In : Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 159, 3 p., 104718.

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    2 Citations (Scopus)
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    Products and circular economy, Policy recommendations derived from Research & Innovation projects

    Peck, D., Eberl, H-C. (ed.) & Charter, M. (ed.), 22 Apr 2020, Brussels, Belgium: European Commission. 30 p.

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    Safety and Health Concerns for the Users of a Playground, Built with Reused Rotor Blades from a Dismantled Wind Turbine

    Medici, P., van den Dobbelsteen, A. & Peck, D., 2020, In : Sustainability. 12, 9, 25 p., 3626.

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    • 1 Participation in conference

    Approaches to Circularity

    T. Klein (Organiser), , Juan Azcarate Aguerre (Chair of programme committee), , Bob Geldermans (Chair of programme committee), & David Peck (Chair of programme committee)

    11 Jun 201812 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference