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Orla Woods


With a background in policy analysis and development, Orla has an expert understanding of Parliamentary procedures and government affairs and an approach that considers environmental issues in a wider context.

Recent Experience

Orla is part of Eunomia’s Policy team and based in the Bristol office. She has managed a project reviewing the Deposit Return Scheme in Quebec and opportunities for reform. This included modelling take-back options, an assessment of retailer handling fees, looking at the use of telematics in the waste industry to generate efficiency savings, and fraud prevention methods.

Orla has also contributed to a project analysing DRS legislation in the USA and the scope for redesigning the Deposit Return Scheme in Connecticut. This modelled the costs of the current system and a new, ideal system, and investigated the consequences for different stakeholders, as well as the implications for waste and recycling.

She has also been reviewing options for Extended Producer Responsibility in the UK, and the potential impact of Brexit.

Career History

Having been a Parliamentary Researcher for nearly a decade, Orla has proven research capabilities across a broad range of disciplines and an insight into the realities of policy implementation in practise.

Her specialisms included foreign affairs, economic affairs and environmental policy.

Orla has previously worked as a Policy Advisor to the Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, focusing on issues such as air pollution, CAP reform, waste and resource management, flooding and EU environmental regulation.

After graduating from the University of York with an Honours degree in Politics, Orla honed her research and report writing skills with two think tanks.

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