Richard Boyd is a professionally qualified engineer. He became an engineer to respond to two challenges: poverty alleviation through development and climate change mitigation through new technologies and systems. He is increasingly fascinated by the tensions that arise between these challenges. His dual interest has led him to work on building and infrastructure projects across the developed and developing world.
He is part of Arup’s Advanced Technology and Research group and specialises in carbon management and the transition to a circular economy. He is Arup’s circular economy skills network leader for UKMEA. His current work includes research with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on implementing a circular economy in the built environment. He is also leading a collaboration with UCL Estates and Academics looking at the potential for circular economy ideas to radically change the design, procurement and operation of Building Services installations.