The Great Recovery


The Great Recovery, Oct 2012 – June 2013


The Royal Society of Arts and the Technology Strategy Board


Content Creation: observation, interviews, photography, research, writing


Work with project co-directors, Sophie Thomas and Nat Hunter, to document The Great Recovery project workshops. Pay special attention to participant interaction, group dynamics and barriers to collaboration, stages of co-creation and blockages in the re-design process. Distil findings into The Great Recovery Report.


Leonora documented all nine Great Recovery workshops, building up a body of content for the project using photography, process observation and participant interviews. This involved visits to 7 material recovery centres around the UK, 2 associated workshops at The RSA and, finally, travelling to a pulp and paper mill in France.

These events brought designers, manufacturers and policy makers together to explore issues, investigate innovation gaps and incubate new partnerships in the circular economy.

Leonora wrote up the observations and learnings from each workshop to feed them into the final report. Working with Sophie Thomas to summarise the first phase of the Great Recovery Leonora structured the report and fed in her documentary photography  and interviews, as well as her observations of the barriers to creating a circular economy in the UK.


The Great Recovery Report was launched at The House of Lords on June 4th 2013. You can download the report via the link below.

The Great Recovery Report – Investigating the role of design in the circular economy.

Leonora’s insights into recycled paper manufacturing can be found on the Great Recovery blog – Arjowiggins Pulp and Paper Mill Visits and supporting interviews.


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