Circular Economy Think Tank Event

Event description
Invite only event

As part of the Hunter Innovation Festival on the 10th May, Go Circular is partnering with Sustainability Advantage, DPIE, Lake Macquarie City Council, Hunter Joint Organisation, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources and Coreo to facilitate a Think Tank with pioneering local businesses, bold community leaders and proactive members of local government and state government. No one has all the answers, but in reality, what we’re hoping for is all the questions – questions to move this conversation from data to doing, from theory to practice, and from curiosity to collaboration.

The objectives of the event are to:

Learn -about the material flows in the region and the benefits that a true Circular Economy can bring over the next 5-25 years

Identify opportunities – from the HCC MFA and the new ‘Circle City Scan’ projects to identify resourcing saving and untapped market development value in the region.

Build relationships – together with businesses, industry, research and government to share information and identify catalytic projects with the aim to drive innovative initiatives to build the circular economy.

Identify gaps -in knowledge and resourcing that can feedback to CE community and inform future projects; and,

Plan – a process for turning outputs into action – how are we going to go forward in our respective sectors and organisations?

Register to be a part of the new economy, one that serves the people of the Hunter rather than demanding their service.

Our future is circular. Where will you draw the line?

Download the event report here:


Monday 10th May, 2021


10:00 am

2:30 pm
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Presented By

Harriet Watts

Harriet is a designer and academic with experience working across object, textile and exhibition design, concept design and creative thinking. Her practice frequently engages with sustainable design theory and wider ecological thought, including ideas around materials value, use-life, ephemerality and change. Her work often explores less material intense ways of living. An example of recent video work Fibrous Forms can be viewed on her website

As a Sessional Academic at UNSW School of Art & Design Harriet has worked as a tutor, lecturer, facilitator, research assistant, and written and developed course material. 

Working and teaching in the areas of design (including concept design, design process, and making processes), sustainable design, and using research and design processes to approach real-world problems, her teaching spans the Bachelor of Design, Masters of Coursework and Masters of Visualisation, Simulation and Immersive Design at UNSW Art & Design, Sydney. In 2020 Harriet co-wrote master’s course ‘Immersive Design, Complexity and Wicked Problems’ teaching how to apply design mindsets and methodologies to complex, wicked and real-world problems, which she is currently delivering. She also currently teaches ‘Imperatives for a Sustainable Future’, a course focused on sustainable design theory and practices. 

In addition, Harriet has been a guest speaker and panellist for various industry engagements and events including at the Fashion Circular Economy Hackathon at MCIC, UNSW Sydney, Ideas Intersecting – Innovation in Design at UNSW Art & Design and the Australian Design Centre.