Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Research Postgraduate







16 Prince's GardensSouth Kensington Campus





Rebecca is an interdisciplinary PhD researcher at the Centre for Environmental Policy where she focuses on the Circular Economy and sustainable development with perspectives from ecological economics.

Rebecca uses Chilean economist Max-Neef's Human-Scale Development proposal to explore how human needs approaches can be applied to strengthen the social impact of the Circular Economy. She has interests in industrial symbiosis and circular strategies in the textiles industry. More specifically, her current research seeks to maximise social and environmental synergies in textile manufacturing in South East Asia.

Aside from her PhD, Rebecca is a research assistant of Dr Judith Cherni, researching renewable energy technology and policy in Latin America. She has assisted with studies covering a variety of technologies, including solar PV and dry-fermentation. Currently she is working on a project in collaboration with the University of La Sabana, Colombia. The project explores opportunities for waste-to-energy technologies in semi-urban regions of Colombia. Rebecca has broad interests in sustainable development, energy access and poverty alleviation. She was included as an early career stage expert reviewer for the IPCC sixth assessment, chapter 8: Poverty, Livelihoods and Sustainable Development.

Rebecca is an Imperial President's PhD Scholar. She holds an MSc Environmental Technology with Distinction from Imperial College (2018), and a prize-winning 1st class BSc (Hons) Business Administration degree from Bath University (2014).

Recent Publications:

Clube, R.K.M. & Tennant, M. 2020. The Circular Economy and human needs satisfaction: promising the radical, delivering the familiar. Ecological Economics.

Clube, R.K.M. & Tennant, M. 2020. Exploring garment rental as a sustainable business model in the fashion industry: Does contamination impact the consumption experience? Journal of Consumer Behaviour. 1–12.

Clube, R. 2020. The Rise of Community Fashion Swaps. The Ecologist. Available online at