Phil Brown

Phil Brown

Institute Director

Phil strategically shepherds Metabolic’s research program along an impact-driven theory of change, while also fostering strategic partnerships with research partners and funders to research systemic transition pathways. The Metabolic Institute aims to accelerate large-scale holistic innovation to transition global ecosystems to sustainable practices. 

Phil brings more than 10 years of experience working to advance the circular economy, holding multiple positions across research, innovation, project management, and business development. Most recently, Phil was the vice president of business development and strategy at Circularise, where he remains a strategic advisor. He supported Circularise’s partners to integrate circular-oriented innovation strategies and helped to translate blockchain capabilities into decision-making processes to develop Digital Product Passports. Phil is driven by understanding how to turn ideas into action to support a circular and sustainable transition.  

Phil holds a PhD in Collaborative Circular Oriented Innovation from Delft University of Technology and an MSc in Environmental Management for Business from Cranfield University. Phil’s key areas of interest and expertise include the circular economy, collaborative innovation networks, circular design and business model strategies, supply chain management, and digital transition and solutions.

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