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Construction and demolition waste management

   Civil Engineering

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  Dr S Ghaffar  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The building sector is amongst the major resource consuming and waste generating sectors of the economy. The paradigm of the circular economy has the potential to overcome the problems that resulted due to the adoption of the linear economic model by the construction industry.

The research on circular economy increased rapidly during recent years; however, a research gap exists on the assessment of the current state and barriers to the circular economy in the construction industry of developing countries. The challenges of sustainable construction, industrial growth, and the importance of resource efficiency are clearly recognised by the governments and are now at the forefront of strategy and policy. A critical component of the government’s sustainability strategies concerns the way in which construction and demolition waste (C&DW) is managed.

This PhD study uses a mixed-method approach to investigate current practices of C&DW management and circular construction (re-use, recycle, and recovery of materials) concepts.

Funding Notes

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.


Ghaffar, S. *, Burman, M., Braimah, N. (2019). Pathways to circular construction: An integrated management of construction and demolition waste for resource recovery. Journal of Cleaner Production, doi:
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