Dr Claire Barlow


Fellow Emerita, College Lecturer, Director of Studies

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College Roles

  • Fellow Emerita
  • College Lecturer in Engineering
  • Director of Studies in Engineering (Parts IIA & IIB)
  • Postgraduate Mentor
  • Deputy Praelector

University Roles

  • Deputy Head of Engineering Department (Teaching)
  • 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.

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.