Archana Pisharody

Senior Consultant


Archana worked in the environmental and waste management sector in India and the UK prior to joining Resource Futures in 2018. Her work in India spanned green building services – through the delivery of environmental analyses for high-rise and established Green Building certification projects – as well as gaining operational and business experience of WEEE, plastic and paper recycling systems. In the UK, she has worked in local authority waste service delivery and awareness programmes and with the private sector in delivering environmental management systems and auditing to ISO 14001 standards. During her time with Bournemouth Borough Council (now Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council), she made meaningful contributions to reviewing and updating climate change and local energy project reports. As a consultant at Resource Futures, Archana has supported policy and analytical work for local authorities and industry and has developed a particular interest in plastic waste management and policy analysis, gaining experience through a number of national and global projects.


In her previous roles, Archana has undertaken new process development and improvement work, including co-development and implementation of a training programme for Green Building professionals. Her research work on a conceptual reuse network for WEEE in England was presented and published in the proceedings of an international conference. She has undertaken plastic waste and WEEE flow analyses in national and global settings including in countries such as Ghana, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. Archana has worked with a wide range of organisations within the UK and internationally, including recent clients such as Defra, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, the World Bank and Tearfund. She has supported strategic data and policy analysis for UK government consultations, resource efficiency projects for private sector organisations and international plastic waste focussed projects. Archana is experienced in legislation and policy research and reviewing international solid waste management systems. Her expertise includes:

  • Waste flow analysis (Plastic and WEEE)
  • Plastic policy analysis
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Business recycling systems
  • Environmental management systems
  • Green Buildings