Host institutions

ACU Blue Charter Fellowships can be hosted by any ACU member institution, or in industry, in any Commonwealth country outside the applicant's country of residence. The institutions below have expressed particular interest in hosting, but applicants are free to approach other potential hosts.

Please check the researcher's areas of interest carefully to confirm it aligns with your own before contacting them. You will need to obtain a letter from your host confirming that they are happy to host your fellowship, to attach to your application form.

Brunel University London, UK

Research areas: sustainable design, waste to energy, design for behaviour change, media sociology for behaviour change, waste management engineering, materials innovation (particularly biopolymers)

Contact: Professor Geoff Rodgers 

Cardiff University, Wales, UK

Research areas: environmental psychology, sustainable behaviours and lifestyles, public attitudes to environmental change

Contact: Professor Wouter Poortinga

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa

Research area: integrated waste management

Contact: Dr Linda Godfrey

Dalhousie University, Canada

Research areas: policy strategies to reduce use or distribution of single-use plastics, impacts of plastics on wildlife, outreach, education and awareness that targets change in human behaviour around plastics

Contact: Dr Tony Walker 

Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, UK

Research areas: marine macroplastics contamination, the effects of microplastics on jellyfish, crabs, seals, prey fish and other organisms

Contact: Dr Angela Capper 

Keele University, UK

Research areas: materials studies and development studies, focused on plastics

Contact: Dr Deirdre McKay 

Research areas: green materials science, focused on plastics

Contact: Dr Sharon George 

Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Research area: degradable polymers

Contact: Dr Francesca Kerton 

Research area: how marine plastics are represented in science: feminist and anti-colonial perspectives

Contact: Dr Max Liboiron 

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Research areas: the role of microorganisms in the fragmentation, dispersion and biodegradation of plastics in the deep-sea, biofilms which grow on plastics, the incorporation of plastics into marine snow.

Contacts: Dr Jamie Hinks and Dr Stephen Summers 

Sustainable Seas Trust, South Africa

Research areas: data gathering for waste management, river monitoring, microplastics, ghost gear, capacity building and education.

Website: Sustainable Seas Trust 

Swansea University, Wales, UK

Research area: solar driven mitigation of plastic waste

Contact: Dr Moritz Kuehnel 

University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Research areas: microplastics

Contact: Dr Daniel Shilla 

University of Ghana

Research areas: education around plastics: public and governmental, monitoring the extent of the problem of water and sediment contamination by plastics, routes from plastics in the environment to local populations.

Contact: Professor Chris Gordon (email -

Research areas: seabird ecology and conservation, conservation of coastal zones

Contact: Professor Francis Nunoo 

University of Manchester, UK

Research areas: green chemistry, biodegradable polymer synthesis

Contact: Professor Michael Shaver 
Please note that Professor Shaver is currently based at the University of Edinburgh, but will be moving to the University of Manchester in January.

University of Newcastle, Australia

Research areas: weathering influenced, ecological and human health risk assessment of micro and nanoplastics

Contact: Dr Thava Palanisami 

University of Plymouth, UK

Research areas: the effects of plastic debris, including microplastics, in the marine environment

Contact: Professor Richard Thompson 

Research areas: environmental psychology, attitudes, perceptions, behaviour change

Contact: Dr Sabine Pahl 

University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Research area: the lethal and sub-lethal impacts of marine debris on sea turtles and sea birds

Contact: Dr Kathy Townsend 

University of Surrey, UK

Research areas: environmental psychology, attitudes, perceptions, behaviour change

Contact: Dr Kayleigh Wyles 

University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia

Research areas: understanding and reducing the sources, fate and impacts of debris mainly from clothing but also tyres, microbeads and packaging.

Contact: Dr Mark Browne