Stuart in a turbine

Dr Stuart Walker

(former) Post-Doctoral Research Associate

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

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 was 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

Stuart has been on the University of Sheffield’s podcast ‘Coronavirus, Examined’. On the show Stuart talked about COVID-19’s impact on the planet. Listen here –

Further info


  • Plastics: Redefining Single Use