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Katherine Whalen

Katherine is a Doctoral student at the IIIEE. She holds a BSc in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute, and a MSc in Integrated Product Design, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology.

Katherine has a long-standing interest in strategic sustainable innovation, design for circular economy, and critical raw materials.  Prior to joining the MISTRA REES team as a researcher and PhD candidate, Katherine worked at Circle Economy, a non-profit, circular economy-focused organisation based in Amsterdam. As Circular Design Program lead, she collaborated with Dutch industries and companies to adopt circular economy based thinking though business model and product innovation.

Outside of the office, Katherine runs In the Loop Games, a small start-up aimed at disseminating IN THE LOOP,  a serious game Katherine developed during her Master’s thesis about critical raw materials and sustainable development. IN THE LOOP has become part of educational programmes across Europe, and, after a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2015, the game is now being shipped globally.

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Ongoing project

Mistra REES – Resource-Efficient and Effective Solutions based on circular economy

The MISTRA REES project is a 4-year programme run by a consortium of leading Swedish universities, large and small companies and societal actors. The vision of the programme is to advance the transition of the Swedish manufacturing industry towards a circular and sustainable economy.


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

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