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Construction and demolition waste management

The building sector is amongst the major resource consuming and waste generating sectors of the economy. The paradigm of the circular economy has the potential to overcome the problems that resulted due to the adoption of the linear economic model by the construction industry.

The research on circular economy increased rapidly during recent years; however, a research gap exists on the assessment of the current state and barriers to the circular economy in the construction industry of developing countries. The challenges of sustainable construction, industrial growth, and the importance of resource efficiency are clearly recognised by the governments and are now at the forefront of strategy and policy. A critical component of the government’s sustainability strategies concerns the way in which construction and demolition waste (C&DW) is managed.

This PhD study uses a mixed-method approach to investigate current practices of C&DW management and circular construction (re-use, recycle, and recovery of materials) concepts.


Ghaffar, S. *, Burman, M., Braimah, N. (2019). Pathways to circular construction: An integrated management of construction and demolition waste for resource recovery. Journal of Cleaner Production, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118710

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

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This is a self funded topic

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