Fellowship for Jack

Jack Barrie from Kirkcudbright
Jack Barrie from Kirkcudbright

A Galloway PhD student at the University of Strathclyde is among only 18 worldwide to have been awarded a place on the prestigious Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship.

The year-long Fellowship is an international programme on the circular economy for postgraduates studying Design, Engineering and Business.

Jack Barrie, of Strathclyde’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering – who attended Kirkcudbright Academy - is one of only two students to have joined the programme through its Wild Card competition, for students at universities which are not among the Fellowship’s 14 partner institutions. He joins students from other major institutions in the Fellowship, including Yale University, Imperial College London, Stanford University, University College London and University of California Berkeley.

Jack’s research explores the role of networks of innovation in the circular economy, an economy that invites businesses to transform their approach to the use of materials and energy.

The Fellowship, created by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in partnership with the Schmidt Family Foundation, is now in its fourth year.

Jack said: “I am delighted to have received this prestigious fellowship in a highly-competitive international process. I have an insatiable appetite for learning and the Fellowship will provide me with valuable support for my studies and research, and with equally-valuable experience for my future careers.”

“I am committed to solving the world’s toughest challenges and the transition to the circular economy is the greatest challenge of our time. Innovation sits at the heart of this transition and I aim to shed light on how best we can leverage such innovation to help us move towards a circular economy.”

Jack’s lead supervisor, Dr Elsa João, of Strathclyde’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by Jack. It is a testament to the quality of his research and his dedication to studying the circular economy.

“The circular economy is a rapidly-emerging concept with a major role to play in economic growth worldwide – and the Schmidt McArthur Fellowship is highly-coveted among students in this field. Jack’s research is making a significant contribution to its understanding and will be enhanced by his participation in the Fellowship.”