Who We Are


Dr. Colin Fitzpatrick

Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering, University of Limerick, Ireland.
Dr. Colin Fitzpatrick is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick, Ireland. His research centres on sustainable lifecycle engineering with an emphasis on electrical and electronic equipment. He has conducted numerous projects on topics including electronics reuse, preparation for reuse of WEEE, planned obsolescence, critical raw materials, electronics repair, repurposing of WEEE, WEEE management, eco-design & conflict minerals among others.

Dr. ing. Jef Peeters

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Life Cycle Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (KU Leuven), Leuven, Belgium.
Dr. Jef Peeters is a Post-Doctoral researcher in flexible remanufacturing & demanufacturing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at KU Leuven. Jef has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, a Masters in industrial engineering with a major in industrial design and a Masters in industrial product and production management. His research interests include eco-design, LCA, LCE, re-& demanufacturing processes.

Milena Bigatto

Education Officer, Acceleration, Entrepreneurship & Education to I&E, HIT - Hub Innovazione Trentino, Trento, Italy
Milena Bigatto is Education officer and project manager at HIT where she follows local and international projects to promote social innovation processes. Since 2013 she has been working on the development of the local innovation ecosystem. In her previous professional and training experiences she has worked in research institutions on institutional development and policy issues.

Dr. Michael Johnson

Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering, University of Limerick, Ireland.
Dr. Michael Johnson is a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Michael has over 11 years of industrial experience and a B.Eng in Electronic Engineering, an M.Eng in Computer Systems and his Ph.D focused on autonomous robotics and distributed control. Current research interests include the reuse and recycling of electronics/WEEE, WEEE Management, Critical Raw Materials & Waste Management along with electronics repair and repurposing.

Jessika Luth Richter

PhD candidate/ Research Associate, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University, Sweden.
Jessika’s research focuses on policies for a resource efficiency and low carbon economy; including research of policy questions related to ecodesign, extended producer responsibility, green public procurement, and policy mixes. In particular, she has focussed on the case of electronic products and how questions related to design, disposal, collection, labels, energy efficiency, critical materials, lifetimes, and value in closing material loops can be addressed in a synergistic way. Jessika has a background in geology, history and law and has been awarded her licentiate from Lund University. She is also involved in teaching Masters courses and massive open online courses at the IIIEE, including the free online course Circular Economy: sustainable materials management on Coursera.

Jana Rückschloss

Fraunhofer-Institut für Zuverlässigkeit und Mikrointegration, Berlin, Germany
Jana Rückschloss studied Environmental Engineering at the Technical University (TU) Berlin. Since 2012 she has been a researcher in the Department of Environmental and Reliability Engineering at the Fraunhofer IZM in Berlin. Before that, she has worked from 2010 to 2012 for the TU Berlin on different topics such as electronic waste management in Western Africa. At IZM, Jana has worked on a variety of projects in the context of environmental legislation, environmental assessment and renewable raw materials, all with a focus on electronics. On-going research topics include critical raw materials, starting with her thesis on “Resource Indicators for Electronic Systems” through several projects and now carried on with the work of the REFER project.

The Restart Project

London, England
The Restart Project is a people-powered social enterprise that aims to fix our relationship with electronics. Based in London, they run regular Restart Parties where people teach each other how to repair their broken and slow devices – from tablets to toasters, from iPhones to headphones. The Restart Project was born in 2013 out of our frustration with the throwaway, consumerist model of electronics that people have been sold, and the growing mountain of e-waste that is being leaving behind.
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