Empowering Women in the Circular Economy

Event description
About the event

Go Circular is excited to present our upcoming online event called: Empowering Women in the Circular Economy. This event will have a direct and immediate impact by giving back to our community. All ticket proceeds will be donated to Got Your Back Sista a Newcastle based charity with a mission to empower women who have escaped domestic violence.

We are proud to support their programs with this event and thank you for your generosity in purchasing tickets.

Empowering women in the Circular Economy

The rise of women in leadership and entrepreneurial roles demonstrates that business success can go hand-in-hand with sustainability. It requires a rebalancing between financial and other forms of capital (e.g. social, natural, knowledge) and a wider framing of what constitutes success.

Studies have shown that women are more willing to alter their behaviour for the sake of the environment and the well-being of their families and wider communities and they are taking these views into the boardroom.

With global momentum driving a transition to a Circular Economy, the empowerment of women will be a critical factor in the evolution to a low-carbon, inclusive and equitable economy.

Empowering women in the Circular Economy will be hosted by Annie Jiang and Melissa Histon, and presented by Debbie O’Byrne, Circular Economy Lead at the Lake Macquarie Council then it will be followed by a Q & A session.


Friday 14th May, 2021


08:00 am

09:00 pm AEST
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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.