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Stuart joined Cranfield University in 2009 and is currently a Lecturer in Renewable Energy from Waste. He has a degree in Chemistry, which was followed up with a PhD from Cranfield University in Environmental Chemistry.  

He is a Chartered Chemist [CChem], a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry [RSC]. He was a member of the Environmental Chemistry Group committee for the Royal Society of Chemistry from 2012-2014, during which time he organised 2x annual 'Distinguished Guest Lecturer' symposia on the topics of rare earth elements and plastics in the marine environment.

Stuart has interests in the properties of solid waste materials, which range from household waste to commercial and industrial wastes, and has significant expertise in the properties and characterisation of waste materials. He has previously specialised in the measurement of the biodegradable content of organic waste and was involved in the development of a rapid biodegradability test method at Cranfield University.

To date he has supervised over 60 research students (MSc and PhD) to completion.

Current activities

Dr Stuart Wagland is a Lecturer in Renewable Energy from Waste at Cranfield University.

He has interests 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.  Current projects include those funded by EU Horizon 2020, Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [EPSRC].  His expertise spans waste and fuel characterisation techniques, waste treatment technologies and energy recovery processes (including anaerobic digestion, incineration, gasification and pyrolysis). 

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.  Through this involvement he was part of the organising committee for the 3rd Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium, hosted in Lisbon in February 2016.   

He established the MSc Energy from Waste course, accredited by the Chartered Institute for Waste Management [CIWM], and is the current Course Director.  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
  • EDF energy
  • Energy Technologies Institute [ETI]
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [EPSRC]
  • European Institute for Energy Research [EIfER]
  • Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board [TSB])
  • Infinis Ltd
  • Milton Keynes Council
  • National Physical Laboratory [NPL]
  • Shanks
  • The Open University 
  • WRc plc
  • Viridor


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