Dr Purva Tavri


Dr Purva Tavri is a Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Waste Manager, an Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy, Environmental Planner & Architect, with over 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

  • FHEA

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Research areas:

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

Research projects & fundings:

Investing in Research Capacity funds 2023 - Form part of 2 funding streams:

  • Net zero
  • Nature-based solutions

Enhancing Research Culture for Women in STEM:

    • Successful - £40k - WISH project
    • Co-lead with a colleague in Computing
    • Project management and seed-funding
    • Project timeline - Feb 2023 to July 2023

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
  • 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

Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

Professional affiliations/memberships:

      • Chartered Environmentalist
      • Chartered Waste Manager
      • FHEA
      • Fellow member of the School for Social Entrepreneurs

Professional awards:

      • 2022: Champion of the Earth (Environmentalist) award by Inspiring Indian Women (IIW)
      • 2021: Selected as one of the inspiring females in the waste & resource industry by the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) 
      • 2019: Third prize for publication awards by the International Institute of Waste Association (ISWA)
      • 2017: Roger Perry Award for Best Research Paper by the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM)

Teaching and learning:

      • Led on developing relationships with professionals to come for guest talks for GG7045. The pool of professionals consists of alumni, the private sector, the public sector, and SMEs. Bringing theory and practice together in the class-room.
      • Coordinated with CIWM on getting free places for a site visit to an Energy to Waste Plant in London for a couple of MSc students.

Research/funding projects:

      •  MSc supervision projects are based on collaboration with businesses, charities, and other institutions and are real-life-based projects. One of the projects is a UKRI-funded project led by Middlesex University.
      • The first supervisor of a BSc project in collaboration with RBK
      • Interdisciplinary research dissertation - coordinated and introduced an MSc student with colleagues at KSA for the potential research project.
      • Leading on developing a long-term impactful project in collaboration with the 'KU community'. Very early stages.

Other KTPs:

      • Planning and preparation to represent a KTPs (public and private sector) in Festival of Research and Innovation.
      • Planning and coordinating with regional and local government partners to showcase in a workshop that is being planned for SMEs to be delivered in June 2023. 

Leadership and management

Leading on revalidation:

  • L 4 module for GGE and CE
  • L7 module

Collaboration and resourceful practices:

Led on creating summer workshop project of a group of 5 DAs in collaboration with the Sustainability Lead in operations on a real-life issue at KU. The project outcome:

    • Recommendations formed part of the decision-making process.
    • Published a white paper in a commercial journal by the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) reflecting on the project.
    • Planning on submitting an abstract with the Sustainability Lead as co-author at International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Conference 2023.

Led on creating a real-life practice-based assignment for the GG7045 module by collaborating with the Royal Borough of Kingston (RBK). The assignment will give an opportunity to the students to conduct the environmental performance of some of the local organisations/businesses in Kingston. The proposed outcomes:

    • The best report to be shared with RBK and organisations that formed part of the study.
    • Students will gain transferable skills in addition to course-specific knowledge and experience.

Degree Apprenticeship (DA):

Appointed as an Interim DA Programme Leader:

      • Collaborated with Degree Apprentices (DAs) lead in CE and led on planning and delivery of GGE DAs admissions.
      • Coordinated with GGE colleagues and led the planning and delivery of DAs summer workshops.
      • Successfully led on conducting tripartite meetings and developed post-tripartite feedback report in Padlet and shared as part of the handover.

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