Circular Economy Disruptions – Past, Present and Future
An Academic Symposium hosted by the University of Exeter, UK
June 17 - 19th 2018
With support from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Pioneer University Network
Arizona State University, Cranfield University, Delft University of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Bradford, University College London, University São Paulo
Parallel Sessions I
- Epistemic Thinking For Corporate Sustainability: A Complex Paradoxical Framework
- Circular Business Models: Towards a Systematic Conceptualisation
- Accelerating the Transition to a Circular Economy in Africa
- Reputation, leadership and the circular economy
- Tipping points in circular economy transitions
- Change Management In The Transition Of The Linear Model For The Circular Model
- From Open Dumps To The Circular Economy - The Portuguese Case
- The Circular Economy in the Social Enterprises' Ecology: An exploratory case study
- Non-Personal Design: Lowering Acceptance Barriers of Product-Service Systems
- Can Intelligent collection Integrate Informal Collection for Urban Resource Recycling in China?
Parallel Sessions II
- “Feeding bellies not bins” - Closing the loop in the food systems to reduce food waste in the UK
- Value Capturing By Different Stakeholders In The Context Of The Circular Economy
- Technological Innovation System Framework for Second Generation Biorefineries
- Circular Economy and MBA Education
- Out of Sight, Out of Mind, or Has Anything Changed for Labour in the Circular Economy? Exploring Changes and Continuities
- ‘A Capability Maturity Model for the Circular Economy: an Agri-food Perspective’
- Theoretical contribution to transition framework for whole system reconfiguration based on the analysis of Brazilian agro-food systems production, consumption and food waste recycling
- Implementing a Circular Curriculum: A reflection on challenges and progress in postgraduate education
- Re-thinking food futures: the role of regenerative agriculture and circular food systems
- Blockchain encoding of Food waste behaviours in support of a Circular Economy
- Circular economy: How to safely reduce, reuse and recycle food packaging?
- Designing circular product service systems: A content analysis of master graduation projects
- The Circular Economy: Revolutionary or Mundane?
Parallel Sessions III
- The development of a circular building assessment methodology encompassing environmental, economic and social parameters
- A circular business model case study: The Israeli Water System
- The Circular Economy and environment and social challenges. Case-study of Biovalor, Uruguay.
- Circular Cities: determinants of closed circulation of building materials.
- Circular economy in the Global South – Perspectives from Development Studies
- Colombia`s peace: an opportunity to promote sustainable development through the circular economy
- Policy implications for proper WEEE management via urban mining industry with South Korea case
- Functional diversity in the Circular building process
- Towards an Inclusive Circular Economy in Low and Middle Income Countries
Parallel Sessions IV
- Governing the circular economy: multi-level comparative analysis
- Developing Circular Value Chains - Towards a Systematized Approach for Developing Collaboration and Co-creation Efforts
- Circular Economy in the built environment - new legal approaches needed?
- Exploring the epistemic politics of circular economy in European cities: a research agenda with relevance for the governance of urban sustainability transitions
- Expanding frontier of design of Effective CE practices, policies and governance, through Learning CE practices from post-coal mining regions
- The Role of Disruptive Technology for a Circular Economy: Value Added by Data-Driven Intelligence
- Managing the End-of-Life of Complex Products to Support the Circular Economy
Parallel Sessions V
- Linking the Circular Economy field with value modelling in the Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, and Industrial Ecology literature
- Pathways to Systems Change: Circular Fibres Initiative and Fairtrade Textile Standard
- Mapping perspectives on sustainability transitions towards circular economy models from a practitioner’s perspective
- Financial systems and the circular economy
- Collaboration: An Enabler for Circular Supply Chains
- Strengthening Circular Academic Collaboration South – North: Designing Frameworks and Solving Real Societal Problems
- Implementing Circular Economy Principles in Economic Activity Areas in Luxembourg
- Energy system change: insights for the circular economy?
- Operationalise sustainable development through circular economy principles
Parallel Sessions VI
- Urban Regeneration And Circularity Pathways For Cities
- Circular business models in social enterprises: the case of the social housing association
- Mapping circular financing models for cultural and natural heritage regeneration
- Circular Economy and Health: Opportunities and Risks
- Towards Circular Economy: Festivals as an arena for learning and transition
- How do companies in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods sector integrate Circular Economy in their Corporate Sustainability agendas?
- Do cities have enough environmental information to become more sustainable and circular?
- Aiding transition to a global Circular Economy: Psychological perspectives
- Sustainable wealth creation based on disruptive, systemic and circular innovation, for emerging countries
- Implementing Circular Economy Principles in Economic Activity Areas in Luxembourg
- Development of the “human-sphere” within the Circular Economy through Systems Archetypes
Parallel Sessions VII
- Social and Solidarity Economy Organisations in the Global South: Theoretical and Practical Implications for CE
- Epistemic, political and techno-cognitive facets of a Circular Economy "from below" perspective: the case of a waste picker's coopratives in Greater Buenos Aires
- Workshop: (Re)thinking Circular Economy “from below”
- Braking the silos - Transnational networks in the multi-level governance of circular economy
- Circular Cities of the 21st Century - How are they defined and where are the best practices?
- A model to extend the life of materials
- A Suggestion for an Urban Circularity Index
- A New Investment Framework for Circular Cities
- Econometric perspective on Circular Economy
- Understanding the circular economy as autopoietic system
- To what extent must a whole supply chain collaborate for an end product to be considered Circular?
- London – An inclusive circular city? (A food system focus)
- Best practices for start-ups applying Circular Economy principles - Insights from UK Start-ups
- Innovation and waste management in the field of competitive incentive mechanisms - Two loose ends of a circular economy?
- Circular Economy From Below
- Realising an MSc-program in the Biobased & Circular Economy: Wageningen University, NL.
The University of Exeter invites you to an international academic symposium on circular economy (CE) research and practice and its potential to realign global and local economic and business practice with creating economic, natural and social capital.
The Symposium provides a necessary forum both for current CE research and practice and as well as probing discussion of future challenges and innovation. We therefore welcome empirical and theoretical contributions that explore how the adoption of CE will help business, government and civil society organisations address 21st Century challenges.
CE offers considerable opportunities, across all sectors of the economy, to reshape many of our established, often linear, practices, enabling the world’s diverse societies and economies to prosper in new ways. There is a growing body of literature celebrating the benefits, showcasing successful cases of CE. To build on this work, rigorous evidenced-based research is required to evaluate and test the development and implementation of CE programmes as well as in individual organisations.
CE will provide us with disruptive business models and value chain innovations, extending product life-cycles through re-use, re-manufacturing, re-furbishing, along with new design approaches (such as system innovation, cradle-to-cradle and bio-mimetics) as we reinvent products and services. New CE business models hold the potential to align economic and social wealth creation within planetary ecosystems.
The transition to a CE also requires a fuller and more nuanced understanding of the inter-relationships between economic, social and environmental systems at micro, meso and macro scale. This suggests that CE research and developing practice further incorporate systems approaches. To achieve the CE mission of restoring and regenerating our natural resources, we need to understand and incorporate the contribution from the full range of economic actors and system components: business, government and civil society organisations; material inputs and digital technologies; regenerative farming and globalised food systems; autochthonous species and planetary ecosystems.
Papers could explore some of the below themes (this is by no means an exhaustive list).
A) System change, system-thinking and complex adaptive systems
- Which skills, capabilities and ways of thinking are needed to support systemic innovation and the transition towards a CE?
- At which scale (i.e. micro, meso or macro) are circularity transitions and transformations most effective and how are they linked?
- Theoretical and practical underpinnings of circular economics
- Changing relationships between materials, resources information, data, and finance
- Modelling complex adaptive systems for CE
- The theory and practice of education and learning in the transition to a CE
B) CE innovation, product design and new business models and strategies
- What are the best examples in disruptive technology and business models that can create and advance the CE?
- What are the challenges and best practices in design for CE? What methodologies are needed and missing?
- Embedding regenerative and restorative criteria into circular design and business model innovation
- How does CE foster profitability and broader socio-economic development?
- Implications for implementing CE for economic development in developing countries
- Relationship between CE and the UN SDGs?
- Which organisational structures are more suited to implement circular strategies?
- Which theories at the individual, organisational and institutional levels explain the emergence of circular corporate strategies?
- How can CE be integrated into existing measurement and reporting protocols/frameworks?
C) The design of effective CE practices, policies and governance
- Which forms of entrepreneurship is CE triggering? How do these align with theories of innovation and entrepreneurship?
- CE and theories of policy innovation? What policies are in place, which outcomes have they produced and what is needed?
- Potential implications and consequences of CE for developing countries (e.g. reshoring, global material and commodity circuits)
- What CE practices have existed in the past, how can they be evaluated and what can we learn from these?
- CE governance and policy: soft, strict, or otherwise (e.g., nudge), exploring in particular the role of incentives and legislation
- How circular value is created for diverse stakeholders, what value is created and how are differing interests accommodated?
- Theorising the ‘consumer’ within new circular business models and ecosystems
- What are the social and cultural dimensions of the CE, including perspectives of work and labour?
- Varieties of political economy and comparative approaches to CE research
- Circular cities in the 21st century, how are they defined and where is best practice?
- What are the key framework conditions to increase circularity?
- Distribution and access to products and services, and generating value across the system as a whole, including; issues of power, culture, legitimation, trust, ethics, otherness, justice and responsibility
D) Sector and material specific application
- What enables, constrains or channels renewable energy system innovation at a local, regional, national and international level?
- What enables, constrains or channels materials system innovation (e.g. plastics, fibres, paper, minerals) at a local, regional, national and international level?
- What are the implications and strategic responses by industry sectors to CE disruption (e.g. automotive, high value manufacturing, extractive, aerospace, electronics, etc.)
- What are the key drivers and barriers in a transition to a bio-based CE?
- What is the role of regenerative agriculture in reshaping biological metabolisms and agri-food systems?
- Do CE models of re-use, re-purpose, re-manufacture integrate into life cycle analysis and other analytical approaches (sustainable materials management.)
- Materials in cities, which materials should go circular first?
- Critical materials and CE – in tension or alignment?
- What are the enablers for collaboration across different supply chains?
We invite extended abstracts (500 words, excluding references) exploring one or more of the above named themes or related ones. Abstract presentations will have 15-minute time slots and be clustered by theme into sessions. Each session will include four individual presentations and time for questions from the audience. All accepted extended abstracts will be published in subsequent conference proceedings.
We also invite proposals for:
Workshops (500 words)
Workshops provide authors the option to organize a panel comprising three related presentations.
- Workshops will be 90 minutes long
- A workshop proposal should include an abstract summarizing the overall theme, as well as individual abstracts for each presentation included in the panel. Panel presentations that bring together experts for interactive discussion should describe questions that will addressed by the panel, list any underlying issues to be discussed, and include a biography for each panellist.
All abstracts should be submitted to Dr. Roberta De Angelis (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 6th April 2018. The Symposium Organising Committee will review all submissions and inform authors by 20th of April 2018 as to whether their abstracts have been accepted.
The Academic Symposium will take place at the University of Exeter, Exeter, UK on 17, 18 and 19 June 2018.
Selected delegates at the Symposium will be invited to extend their stay and join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in London for a series of events, with a wider network of academics, industry and policy makers, on the CE. This will include a 1-day higher education workshop on the CE, on Wednesday 20 June 2018, and access to the Foundation’s 1-day Annual Summit, on Thursday 21 June 2018.
Participation in these optional extra events is free (excluding travel and accommodation). Complimentary transport will be provided by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for agreed parties one way between Exeter and London on the evening of Tuesday 19 June 2018. This offer is only open to selected delegates attending the full Symposium.