Stuart in a turbine

Dr Stuart Walker

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Stuart Walker is one of our Post-Doctoral Research Associates working on the Plastics: Redefining Single-Use project.

Stuart is an engineer and after leaving the University of Sheffield in 2003 worked as a consultant in the construction industry, specialising in internal and external air flow around buildings. After this Stuart completed a PhD and EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship in renewable energy, specifically Tidal Turbines.

After a post-doctoral project on structural dynamics and a period working to decarbonise small businesses in Derbyshire, Stuart returned to Sheffield to join the Plastics: Redefining Single-Use project. His role is on Life Cycle Assessment, Bioplastics, and aiming to understand if and when plant-based plastics are less environmentally damaging than fossil-based plastics.

Outreach and impact

A range of eco-plastics: we need new standards biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plasticsWhen the UK government requested evidence to create new standards for biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plastics our plastics team was keen to respond. Stuart coordinated the Grantham Centre response. Read more here

Further info


  • Plastics: Redefining Single Use