Sharon George was a miner’s daughter from a council estate who worked her way out of a poverty trap via education to become a researcher in sustainability and green technology. In this personal and emotional account of a changing relationship with stuff through the decades, she looks back at her own experiences as a child in the 70’s, a single parent in the 90’s and as a scientist and parent now and raises questions about society’s growing addiction to material goods.
Sharon George is a researcher, lecturer and the Faculty of Natural Sciences Postgraduate Taught Director at Keele University. She grew up in Stoke-on-Trent in the 1970s and helped run a family manufacturing business then her own business until she entered further education and higher education in 1995 as a single parent and mature student. She completed an honours degree at Keele University in 2000 in Biology and Chemistry and went on to complete a PhD in chemistry at Ceram Research within the glass and refractories industry in 2004. As the Business & Enterprise Manager at Keele until 2008 she specialised in technology transfer. She went on to develop her own innovation development and training company, NovaSci Ltd. She returned to Keele in 2010 to run the MSc in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology and to establish and run Keele’s Sustainability Hub, a busy public engagement and teaching facility.
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