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Laura Bremenkamp

I work on WP3 – LCA, socio-institutional analysis, and the governance of sustainable and reliable steel infrastructures. In my part of the research project, I aim to comprehensively study the environmental impact of steel infrastructures using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and conduct a socio-institutional analysis. Simultaneously, I focus on exploring effective governance strategies to enhance the sustainability and reliability of these infrastructures. By integrating insights from LCA, socio-institutional analysis, and governance, my goal is to contribute to a holistic understanding of the factors influencing sustainable steel infrastructure practices.

I graduated in the master’s in Planning, Growth and Regeneration at the University of Cambridge. In addition, I hold a B.A. in Urban Planning from OWL University in Germany, an undergraduate diploma in Local History from the University of Oxford, and have studied at the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning. Following my experience as a research assistant, I decided to step outside of academia and explore freelance journalism. Currently, I am working towards obtaining my PhD at TU Delft, focusing on the sustainable and circular design of major steel infrastructures in the Netherlands. My doctoral project is embedded within the SUBLIME Project.

My primary goal in this research project is to contribute to achieving sustainable governance for large-scale circular steel infrastructures in the Netherlands. I aim to address the existing gap in the literature by specifically identifying the requirements for implementing circular design in these infrastructures. By exploring barriers related to contestation, knowledge diffusion, and innovation within circular economies, I strive to offer practical insights that go beyond the limitations of Circular Economy approaches alone. Through a holistic perspective and a multi-methods approach, I aim to provide actionable recommendations for enhancing sustainability in the management of major steel infrastructures.

I am thrilled about the opportunity to collaborate on this project with diverse consortium members. The prospect of working alongside individuals who bring varied perspectives and expertise is truly exciting. I am eager to contribute my skills and insights to our collective effort in enhancing circularity within the Dutch steel industry. The potential to make a meaningful impact in this field through collaborative endeavors is both motivating and inspiring. I look forward to the exchange of ideas, collaborative problem-solving, and the shared goal of fostering sustainable and circular practices. Together, I believe we can create positive and lasting changes that contribute significantly to the project’s overarching objectives.

Location:Technical University Delft (TU Delft)

Supervisors: Prof. Ellen van Bueren, Dr. Karel Van den Berghe

Start date: October 1, 2023

End date: September 30, 2027

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