Contact Dr Stuart Wagland

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Stuart 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, obtained in 2008.  His other degrees include BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and an MSc in Display Technology (physics, chemistry and electronic engineering).  He is a Chartered Chemist [CChem], a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry [RSC]. Since commencing his academic career Stuart has obtained a Postgraduate Certificate [PgCert] in Academic Practice and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Association [HEA].

Stuart joined Cranfield in 2009 as a Research Fellow, progressing to Academic Fellow in 2011, Lecturer in 2012 and Senior Lecturer in 2017.  

Current activities

Dr Stuart Wagland is currently a Senior Lecturer in Energy and Environmental Chemistry, based in the Bioenergy and Resource Management Centre at Cranfield University.  He is also the Technical Manager for the Energy and Power theme and the Course Director for the MSc Energy from Waste course.

He has expertise in the properties of solid waste materials, such as the composition, 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). His work on UK-wide assessment of waste contributed to substantial government investment in a demonstrator advanced thermal treatment facility, which is aimed at accelerating the development of the UK capability in advanced thermal conversion.

Current projects include those funded by EU Horizon 2020, Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [EPSRC] and private waste companies.  His research applies the concept of waste characterisation to develop town-scale advanced thermal treatment of wastes.  This work extends to developing countries, which is included in a current Innovate UK project to derive liquid fuels from the pyrolysis of wastes. He 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 he is working on critical resource recovery from enhanced landfill mining.  This work is funded through EPSRC (doctoral training programme) and EU Horizon 2020 projects including SMART GROUND and the NEW MINE Marie Curie training network. 

He 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. 

He established the MSc Energy from Waste course, accredited by the Chartered Institute for Waste Management [CIWM].  He is directly involved with the management of various taught modules and delivers lectures across a number of MSc courses along with the supervision of research students across a range of industry-relevant topics.


  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Covanta 
  • 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]
  • Shanks
  • Syngas Products
  • Viridor
  • WestAfricaENRG


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