Jennifer Russell
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, United States
Member ID 3506
Member since Feb 01, 2023
Status Active


I'm an Assistant Professor of Circular Economy at Virginia Tech, co-author of UNEP IRP report on Re-defining Value - The Manufacturing Revolution, and committed to research and education on the value, potential, and tangible opportunities of circular economy. Ph.D. in Sustainable Systems from Rochester Institute of Technology with 10 years industry consulting experience.


M.B.A. - University of Toronto, 2010
Ph.D. - Rochester Institute of Technology, 2018

Okorie, O., Russell, J., Cherrington, R., Fisher, O., & Charnley, F. (2023). Digital transformation and the circular economy: Creating a competitive advantage from the transition towards Net Zero Manufacturing. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 189. doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2022.106756
Okorie, O., Russell, J. D., & Salonitis, K. (2023). Embodied Energy Assessment of the Remanufacturing Cleaning Process: A Proposed MRIO-Methodology Framework. In Sustainable Design and Manufacturing (pp. 398-402). Springer Nature Singapore. doi:10.1007/978-981-19-9205-6_39
Russell, J., Svensson, S., Moore, E., Novich, L., & Donaghey, F. (2023). Circular Economy Through a Fixing City Mindset. In J. Montgomery (Ed.), Place-Based Sustainability Research and Design Extending Pathways for Ecological Stewardship (pp. 218-248). Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Okorie, O., Russell, J., Jin, Y., Turner, C., Wang, Y., & Charnley, F. (2022). Removing barriers to Blockchain use in circular food supply chains: Practitioner views on achieving operational effectiveness. Cleaner Logistics and Supply Chain, 5. doi:10.1016/j.clscn.2022.100087
Svensson-Hoglund, S., Russell, J. D., & Richter, J. L. (n.d.). A Process Approach to Product Repair from the Perspective of the Individual. Circular Economy and Sustainability. doi:10.1007/s43615-022-00226-1
Hull, C. E., Russell, J. D., & Kukar-Kinney, M. (2022). Making Sustainability a Core Competency: Consumer Response to Sustainable Innovative Products. Sustainability (Switzerland), 14(18). doi:10.3390/su141811688
Russell, J., Moore, E., Hindman, D., Hauptman, J., & McGinnis, S. (2022). Sustainable From the Start: Activating Sustainability Priorities Within Early-Stage Product Design Education. In International Symposium for Sustainable Systems and Technology. Pittsburgh, PA.
Russell, J., Svensson, S., Richter, J., Milios, L., & Dalhammar, C. (2021, May 26). A Matter of Timing: System Requirements for Repair and Their Temporal Dimensions. In PLATE Conference Proceedings. Limerick, Ireland. doi:10.1111/jiec.13280
Russell, J., Huff, K., & Haviarova, E. (2022). Evaluating the Cascading-Use of Wood Furniture: How Value-Retention Processes Can Contribute to Material Efficiency and Circularity. Journal of Industrial Ecology. doi:10.1111/jiec.13284
Russell, J. D., & Nasr, N. Z. (2022). Value-retained vs. impacts avoided: the differentiated contributions of remanufacturing, refurbishment, repair, and reuse within a circular economy. Journal of Remanufacturing. doi:10.1007/s13243-022-00119-4
Richter, J. L., Svensson-Hoglund, S., Dalhammar, C., Russell, J. D., & Thidell, Å. (2022). Taking stock for repair and refurbishing: A review of harvesting of spare parts from electrical and electronic products. Journal of Industrial Ecology. doi:10.1111/jiec.13315
Kim, S., Horvath, L., Russell, J. D., & Park, J. (2021). Investigation of the Effect of Pallet Top-Deck Stiffness on Corrugated Box Compression Strength as a Function of Multiple Unit Load Design Variables. MATERIALS, 14(21), 15 pages. doi:10.3390/ma14216613
Okorie, O., & Russell, J. (2021). Exploring The Risks Of Blockchain & Circular Economy Initiatives In Food Supply Chains: A Hybrid Model Practice Framework. In Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies. Croatia: Springer. Retrieved from
Huff, K., Haviarova, E., & Russell, J. (2021). Evaluating the Inclusion of Circular Economy Practices in the Furniture Industry. In Society of Wood Science and Technology. Flagstaff, AZ.
Kim, S., Russell, J., & Horvath, L. (2021). Characterizing the Environmental Impacts of Common E-Commerce Packaging Options for Sustainability-Minded Stakeholders. In International Association of Packaging Research Institutes. Virtual.
Russell, J., Moore, E., Svensson, S., Novich, L., & Donaghey, F. (2021). ACHIEVING CIRCULAR ECONOMY THROUGH A FIXING CITY MINDSET. In Architecture Media Politics Society (AMPS) Conference New York 2021. New York.
Russell, J., Huff, K., & Haviarova, E. (2021). The Value of Cycling Regenerative Materials: A Case of Cascading-Use of Wood Furniture within the Circular Economy. In Proceedings of the 4th PLATE Conference. Limerick, Ireland.
Russell, J., Svensson-Hoglund, S., Richter, J., Milios, L., & Dalhammar, C. (2021). The Temporal Dimensions of Product Repair and a Policy Mix for Upscaling Circular Economy Repair Activities. In Proceedings of the 4th PLATE Conference. Limerick, Ireland.
Richter, J., Frolov, T., Dalhammar, C., Russell, J., Svensson-Hoglund, S., & Thidell, A. (2021). Reaping What WEEE Sow: the potential for harvesting spare parts for repair and refurbishment. In Proceedings of the 4th PLATE Conference. Limerick, Ireland. Retrieved from
Dalhammar, C., Wihlborg, E., Milios, L., Richter, J. L., Svensson-Höglund, S., Russell, J., & Thidell, Å. (2021). Enabling Reuse in Extended Producer Responsibility Schemes for White Goods: Legal and Organisational Conditions for Connecting Resource Flows and Actors.. Circular economy and sustainability, 1(2), 671-695. doi:10.1007/s43615-021-00053-w
Svensson-Hoglund, S., Richter, J. L., Maitre-Ekern, E., Russell, J. D., Pihlajarinne, T., & Dalhammar, C. (2021). Barriers, enablers and market governance: A review of the policy landscape for repair of consumer electronics in the EU and the U.S. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 288, 18 pages. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.125488
Okorie, O., Obi, M., Russell, J., Charnley, F., & Salonitis, K. (2021). A triple bottom line examination of product cannibalisation and remanufacturing: A review and research agenda. SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION, 27, 958-974. doi:10.1016/j.spc.2021.02.013
Okorie, O., Charnley, F., Russell, J., Tiwari, A., & Moreno, M. (2021). Circular business models in high value manufacturing: Five industry cases to bridge theory and practice. BUSINESS STRATEGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, 30(4), 1780-1802. doi:10.1002/bse.2715
Moore, E. A., Russell, J. D., Babbitt, C. W., Tomaszewski, B., & Clark, S. S. (2020). Spatial modeling of a second-use strategy for electric vehicle batteries to improve disaster resilience and circular economy. RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING, 160, 11 pages. doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.104889
Svensson-Hoglund, S., Russell, J. D., Luth Richter, J., & Dalhammar, C. (2020). A Future of Fixing: Upscaled Repair Activities envisioned using a Circular Economy Repair Society System Framework. In Electronics Goes Green 2020+ Proceedings (pp. 434-441). Virtual / Berlin.
Okorie, O., Russell, J., & Charnley, F. (2020). The reuse economy for digital technologies: A rapid review. In Proceedings of the IS4CE2020 Conference of the International Society for the Circular Economy. Exeter / Virtual.
Dalhammar, C., Wihlborg, E., Russell, J., Luth Richter, J., Milios, L., & Svensson-Hoglund, S. (2020). Legal and organisational issues when connecting resource flows and actors: re-use and producer responsibility schemes for white goods. In Proceedings of the IS4CE2020 Conference of the International Society for the Circular Economy. Exeter / Virtual.
Russell, J., & Nasr, N. (2019). Value-retention processes within the circular economy. In N. Nasr (Ed.), Remanufacturing in the Circular Economy Operations, Engineering and Logistics (pp. 1-29). John Wiley & Sons.
Russell, J., & Nasr, N. (2019). Quantifying the Contribution of Value-Retention Processes (VRPs) to Resource Efficiency within the Circular Economy. In Conference Proceedings of Engineering Sustainability 2019. Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh.
Russell, J., & Nasr, N. (2018). Re-defining Value - The Manufacturing Revolution: Re-defining Value -- The Manufacturing Revolution: Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair and Direct Reuse in the Circular Economy. Nairobi, Kenya: International Resource Panel. Retrieved from
Russell, J. (2018). Assessing the Resource Efficiency Potential of Circular Economy. In World Remanufacturing Conference. Rochester Institute of Technology, NY.
Russell, J. (2018). Market Transformation for Circular Economy: Integrating Eco-Innovation and Consumer Decision-Making in the Presence of Perceived Risk. In Dissertation Abstracts International (pp. 374 pages). Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh. Retrieved from
Hull, C. E., Russell, J. D., & Kukar-Kinney, M. (2018). Abstract on Evaluating Sustainability as a Core Competency: Consumer Response to Sustainable Products. In Back to the Future: Using Marketing Basics to Provide Customer Value (pp. 529-530). Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-66023-3_178
Russell, J. (2017). How Social Innovation Needs Marketing to Successfully Address Societal Problems: The Case of Remanufacturing to Address Environmental Degradation and Resource Depletion. In Pre Conference Social Innovation Workshop, AMA 2017 Conference. San Francisco, CA.
Russell, J. (2017). Strategic Mitigation of Barriers to Scaled Sustainable Production Capacity through Systems-Modeling. In ISIE-ISSST 2017 Conference. Chicago, IL.
Russell, J. (2017). Design for Circular Economy. In World Remanufacturing Conference. Rochester Institute of Technology, NY.
Russell, J., Hull, C. E., & Kukar-Kinney, M. (2017). Consumer Response to Sustainable and Innovative Products. In Developments in Marketing Science: Proceedings of the Academy of Marketing Science. San Francisco, CA.
Russell, J., & Nasr, N. (2017). Using Systems-Perspective to Understand Barriers to Increased Remanufacturing. In Conference Proceedings of Engineering Sustainability 2017 (pp. 197-198). University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh.
Russell, J. (2017). Enabling Circular Economy Through the Transformation of Markets. In Rochester Institute of Technology Graduate Symposium. Rochester, NY.

Research Interests

My research program is centered around the integration of, and opportunities for circular systems and practice for sustainable biomaterials. This work spans sustainable materials, applications in packaging and the built-environment, and circular practice including remanufacturing, refurbishment, repair, reuse, and recycling.
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