Contact Dr Stuart Wagland

Areas of expertise

  • Biomass and Waste
  • Carbon, Climate and Risk
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Renewable Energy
  • Waste Management and Resource Efficiency


Dr Wagland is an experienced waste management professional, applying his background in chemistry to understanding waste characteristics, developing novel analysis techniques and recovering value from waste materials. He has a PhD in waste chemistry from Cranfield University and his other degrees include a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and an MSc in Display Technology (physics, chemistry and electronic engineering).  

Dr Wagland is a Chartered Chemist [CChem], a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry [MRSC], and a Fellow of the Higher Education Association [FHEA]. Since commencing his academic career, Dr Wagland has also obtained a PgCert in Academic Practice (awarded in 2016).

Dr Wagland joined Cranfield in 2009 as a Research Fellow, progressing to Academic Fellow in 2011, Lecturer in 2012 and Senior Lecturer in 2017. He established the MSc Energy from Waste course, accredited by the Chartered Institute for Waste Management.  

Dr Wagland has expertise in the properties of solid waste materials, the recovery of resources, the energy potential of UK waste streams and enhanced landfill mining.  His expertise spans waste and fuel characterisation techniques, waste treatment technologies and energy recovery processes (including anaerobic digestion, incineration, gasification and pyrolysis). Dr Wagland’s work on UK-wide assessment of waste contributed to substantial government investment in a demonstrator advanced thermal treatment facility aimed at accelerating the development of the UK capability in advanced thermal conversion.

Current activities

Dr Wagland is a Senior Lecturer in Energy and Environmental Chemistry, based in the Centre for Climate and Environmental Protection.  Dr Wagland is the Deputy Director of Research for the School of Water, Energy and Environment and the Technical Manager for the Energy and Power theme.

Current projects include those funded by EU Horizon 2020, Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and private waste companies. Dr Wagland’s research applies the concept of waste characterisation to develop town-scale advanced thermal treatment of wastes. This work extends to developing countries and is included in a current Innovate UK project to derive liquid fuels from the pyrolysis of wastes. Dr Wagland is currently working to develop image analysis techniques to be applied to mixed wastes to assess fuel properties.   

Combining expertise in waste chemistry, characterisation techniques and conversion processes, Dr Wagland is also working on critical resource recovery from enhanced landfill mining. This work is funded through the EPSRC (doctoral training programme) and EU Horizon 2020 projects, including SMART GROUND and the NEW MINE Marie Curie training network. 

Dr Wagland is a steering committee member of the European Enhanced Landfill Mining Consortium (EURELCO), which has a membership of over 50 organisations from across the EU.


  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change [DECC]
  • Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs [Defra]
  • Ecoganix
  • Energy Technologies Institute [ETI]
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [EPSRC]
  • Innovate UK 
  • National Physical Laboratory [NPL]
  • Syngas Products
  • Viridor
  • WestAfricaENRG


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