Dr Claire Barlow


Fellow, College Lecturer, and Director of Studies

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College Jobs

  • Fellow A
  • President of the SCR
  • Praelector (joint)
  • Director of Studies, Engineering (Part IIA (Michaelmas 2019 and Lent 2020))

University Jobs

  • Deputy Head of Engineering Department (Teaching)
  • University Senior Lecturer


Telephone: +44 (0) 1223 332627

Email: cyb1@cam.ac.uk

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Dr Claire Barlow is a sustainability and materials engineer, with a particular interest in the end-of-life of products, their re-use and recycling. 

Dr Claire Barlow studied for both her undergraduate degree and her PhD at Cambridge University, at the Department of Materials Science and Girton College. She is now Deputy Head of Engineering Department, with special responsibility for teaching.

She has been a Senior Member at Newnham College since 1980, and is currently President of the SCR.

Research Interests

Dr Claire Barlow works on materials engineering and is particularly interested in how we can reduce the environmental impact of the way we use materials, looking at their whole lifecycle.

For example, the choice of material for food packaging influences the storage life of the food, but in general the better packaging is at preserving food, the higher its environmental impact. The problems are complex and inter-related, and optimal solutions may not be obvious.

Dr Claire Barlow has published on topics including the end-of-life of wind turbines, on waste management in Pakistan, the UK and Brazil and on plastic for food packaging. She has also published on the making of Stradivarius violins.