Dr Nia Owen
Summer Placement Tutor
Nia has recently joined the School from industry, and has over 15 years' experience in the waste sector. She has been guest lecturing at the School since completing her PhD in 2009. Nia spent the last 10 years working for the environmental consultancy Ricardo Energy & Environment, as a Principal Consultant and Knowledge Leader for Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency. Nia was involved in the bidding and delivery of a range of projects whilst at Ricardo for private and public sector clients in the UK and internationally including:
- feasibility studies for a range of waste management facilities including materials recovery facilties;
- procurement support for waste contracts;
- waste composition studies for a range of waste types including municipal, commercial & industrial, and construction & demolition waste streams;
- waste strategy development; and
- circular economy business models.
Prior to joining Ricardo, Nia was a member of the waste regulation team at the Environment Agency, and was involved in the development and implementation of end of waste criteria (quality protocols) for a range of waste streams including secondary aggregates, recycled aggregates, compost and digestate.
Nia completed her PhD at Cardiff University, via a Knowledge Transfer Partnership funded project. Her PhD involved developing a waste composition protocol to assess the overall household waste composition from the local authorities delivering waste to the site, evaluate the capture rates of the existing kerbside scheme to identify areas for improvement, and assess how changes to the kerbside collection scheme would impact on waste composition, and thus impact on MRF design and performance. Nia was then subsequently led on the design, construction and commissioning of a a 50,000 t/yr material recovery facility to process municipal waste at the company partner’s facility.
Nia is a Chartered Waste Manager, and an elected member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management’s (CIWM) Welsh Centre Council, and has recently been appointed to CIWMs Education, Training & Membership Committee.
Nia’s current teaching duties include waste management & recycling, environmental policy & regulation, professional engineering studies, and industrial practice. I also supervise third year projects and MSc dissertations.
Nia has also been appointed to the new role of Summer Placement Tutor, and is also the School of Engineering's Environment Officer.