Professor Jim Baird is Chair of Waste and Resource Management in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment. As part of his academic work he maintains a strong interest in the study of policy drivers in achieving more sustainable waste management practices, recycling collection programmes, treatment of waste and the recovery of resources, and the circular economy. His specialism includes the effective use of environmental data and the application of ICT to environmental problems. His environmental interests extend to wider sustainability issues with the development of research programmes in carbon management and footprinting, engaging communities in environmental decision making, and the role of sustainable design and practice in construction. He has extensive experience in contract research and development contracts and consultancy projects.