5c. Circular economy

Track chairs:

Pauline Deutz. Geography, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Hull, UK. P.deutz@hull.ac.uk

Andrea Cecchin. Sustainability Archives, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy. cecchin.and@gmail.com


Goals and objectives of the track


Circular economy (CE) has now become a trend topic worldwide, both in academia and among decision makers. The body of scientific literature on CE had a dramatic growth over the last few years. Policy makers are looking at CE to foster a more sustainable use of materials and energy in local and regional economies, and companies are attempting to design and implement new strategies for increasing the circularity of their business models.  

The ultimate goal of Track 5c is to create a space to take stock of CE studies and practises to date and the future challenges.

More specifically, this session aims to contribute to the understanding of both the variety and sustainability impact of CE practices, exploring theoretical and pragmatic implications between the Sustainable Development Goals 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). CE and innovative waste management practices have been incorporated at a variety of policy levels from local to international, and in a variety of forms from top-down government mandates to bottom-up independent programs and projects. Relatively little attention, however, has been paid to examining the environmental, social, and economic impact of these practices, and how those impacts may be context and/or scale dependent. In addition, as policy efforts to engender CE practices reach new contexts, especially in emerging and developing economies, we would welcome studies into the nurturing of CE practices for a variety of business types and the challenges they face. Of particular interest is the initiation and resilience of CE practices in a rapidly changing context.

Contributions from the followings areas are sought-after:

●      Reviews of the state of the art in CE and its subfields;

●      Comparative case studies that elucidate various dimensions of CE;

●      Quantifying the specific environmental, economic and social impacts of CE;

●      The theoretical and practical contribution of CE to enhance sustainability policies in Developing Countries;

●      Start-ups and ‘green' businesses inspired by CE principles;

●      The theoretical and practical contribution of industrial ecology methods and tools (e.g. material flow analysis, input-output analysis, life cycle assessment) to CE;

●      Industrial symbiosis and the role of networks in resource management;

●      Zero waste programs and projects;

●      Drivers of innovation in waste management;

●      Resource security and efficiency;

●      Stakeholder's perceptions and roles in CE;

●      Exploring the relationships between native culture's thought and CE principles.

Other contributions can also be explored.

You may submit your abstract by visiting the Ex Ordo abstract submission system (you will be required to setup an account first): http://isdrs2019exordo.com
Deadline for abstracts: 15 December 2018 31 January 2019