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UWS COP26 Mini Series: Waste, Environment and Sustainable Development: A Student Showcase

In this session, Dr Iain McLellan welcomes three recent MSc Waste and Resource Management students to discuss their recent research.


UWS are proud to present a mini seminar-series to showcase the research and impact of UWS around Planet Change as part of the UWS preparations leading up to COP26, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties. 

In this session, Dr Iain McLellan welcomes three recent MSc Waste and Resource Management students to discuss their recent research.

Christina Petrou

Christina Petrou is a recent graduate of the School of Chemistry of the University of Glasgow.  In 2020, she joined the University of the West of Scotland, where she studied the Masters programme Waste and Resource Management and is expected to Graduate in November.  She is particularly interested in the sustainable development of the waste sector and the use of waste materials as a resource.

Christina will be discussing her recent study that focuses on the case of Greece, a country that has faced multiple challenges to implement the given European guidelines.  Specifically, this research presents an overview of the current management of biodegradable waste, along with a range of possible alternatives that focus on the use of organic waste as a resource.  These solutions aim to be considered as potential future approaches that may accompany existing separate collection schemes for waste.

Michelle De Waele

Michelle De Waele has an Undergraduate degree in Zoology from University of Glasgow, and her early career focused on eco-tourism, where she ran endangered wildlife tours on the South Island of New Zealand.  Back in Scotland, she became a Business Relationship Manager and managed outreach projects to reflect Corporate Social Responsibilities in the Finance sector.  She returned to study Waste and Resource Management at Masters level in The University of the West of Scotland, to study operationalization of sustainability practices at scale.

Michelle’s research examines the potential for Cultural Ecosystem Services in Open Spaces to be used as a trigger to improve waste and resource management in the Central Belt of Scotland.  A grounded research method was used to investigate the relationship between value created by social perspectives and support from technical infrastructure.

Cecilia Chaine

Passionate about sustainable development matters, Cecilia Chaine is a qualified Chemical Engineer originally from Uruguay.  In 2020, Cecilia graduated with distinction as an MSc in Waste and Resource Management from UWS, with a dissertation focused on the challenges of upscaling bio-hydrometallurgical processes for the recycling of electrical and electronic waste (WEEE). 

Throughout her professional career, Cecilia has had the opportunity to be involved in different projects relating to waste management including both domestic and chemical waste management.  Currently Cecilia is working at Restructa as part of a UWS Knowledge Transfer Partnership. 

In Cecilia’s recent review peer-review, information was gathered to determine the state-of-the-art and economic feasibility of WEEE recycling by biohydrometallurgical methods at pilot scale, while reflecting on the relevance the management of this stream has on sustainable development goals.

This event is free to attend, but advanced registration is required.  A link for the Zoom call will be emailed to you shortly before the event. 

The live session will begin at 1pm GMT and will run for approximately 1.5 hours, including time for questions. 

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the CPD team at

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