Dr Purva Tavri


Dr Purva Tavri is a Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Waste Manager, an Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy, Environmental Planner & Architect, with 15 years of experience in sustainability and waste management.

She is a Centre Councillor in the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) London & Southeast Centre and a Steering Committee Member of the Island Waste Management Global Alliance.

Purva is a trained researcher with her doctoral research on exploring how organisations adopt reuse behaviour in practice. She has also received awards from CIWM, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and Inspiring Indian Women (IIW) for her publications. She has been nominated by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group as one of the influential women in the industry.

Purva aims to achieve longevity by bringing individuals and organisations to a self-sustainable level and always aims to combine research and practice for a better environment and well-being in society.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Environmental Management


  • Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
  • Master's in Environmental Planning
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pro-environmental, organisational behaviour change to drive forward reuse in the UK

Teaching and learning

  • Sustainability -  BSc in Environmental Science
  • MSc in Environmental management

Qualifications and expertise


Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Research areas:

  • Sustainability
  • Circular economy
  • Waste and resource management
  • Reuse
  • Pro-environmental behaviour change
  • Organisational behaviour change

Publications, press, conferences, and media since 2020:

  • Tavri, P. and Todd, S. The Power of Collaboration. Circular Nov/Dec 2022, p.19.
  • Gupta. D, et al., 2022, Enhancing Informal Sector in Waste and Resource Management of India through ICT & Circular Economy. Proceedings of National Online Conference on Planning, Design and Management.
  • Tavri, P. Connecting the dots. Circular March 2022.
  • Guest on Women's Special Express show - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYtqADyToM4
  • Speaker – Building Resilience Through Material Reuse on Sep 2021 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC4T_EsZM8
  • Tavri, P. Learn and Co-create. Circular Oct 2021. https://www.circularonline.co.uk/research-reports/learn-and-co-create/.
  • Tavri, P., 2021. Resurgence of reuse at the organisational level: a reactive development in the UK, 10.1680/jwarm.20.00007, pp.1-5.
  • Tavri, P. Value action gap: a major barrier in sustaining behaviour change. Academia Letters, 2021. https://www.academia.edu/45599642/Value_action_gap_a_major_barrier_in_sustaining_behaviour_change?source=swp_share.
  • Tavri, P. Localism,Localism,Localism. Circular Jan 2021. https://www.circularonline.co.uk/research-reports/localism-localism-localism/.
  • Tavri, P. Barriers to reuse at organisational level. Circular Sep 2020. https://www.circularonline.co.uk/research-reports/barriers-to-reuse-at-organisational-level/.
  • Tavri, P. Sector wide opinions on reuse. Circular June 2020. https://www.circularonline.co.uk/research-reports/sector-wide-opinions-on-reuse/.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Chartered Environmentalist
  • Chartered Waste Manager
  • Fellow of School for social entrepreneurs
  • Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Areas of specialism

  • Sustainability
  • Waste and resource management
  • Reuse
  • Circular Economy
  • Pro-environmental behaviour change

Scholarly affiliations

  • Awarded Environmentalist Champion by Inspiring Indian Women, 2022
  • Selected by CIWM as an inspiring female in waste & resource industry, 2021
  • ISWA publication awards, Third prize, 2019
  • Roger Perry Award for Best Research Paper by CIWM, 2017

Business, knowledge transfer and international

Worked in the industry for over 15 years in sustainability and waste management.

Qualifications and PROFESSIONAL expertise

  • Environmental management
  • Construction waste management
  • Third sector

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