Julia Smid joined Circular X in November to start a PhD on circular business models and value chains for renewable energy wind turbine.

Julia Smid has joined the Circular X team as a PhD researcher. Previously, she did a Bachelor on Business Administration at Groningen University, with an exchange at the National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan. On top of her bachelor's degree, she completed an extracurricular propaedeutic exam in Dutch law. Afterwards, she completed a master's in International Business and Management and worked as a teaching assistant for four years. Next to her Master studies, she interned in business development and export for the African market at Royal Smilde in Heerenveen. This internship formed the basis for her thesis on creating shared value through collaboration with local actors in emerging markets (applied to companies that use solar energy).

Julia now works as a PhD in Circular Business Models and Value Chains as part of the LICHEN Blade project, which is a collaboration between TU Delft and Maastricht University. The project aims to innovate wind turbine blades in such a way that their life-time is extended and it is technically and economically feasible to reuse the blade material.

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