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Is the circular economy a fairy tale or a real transformative vision?

Is the circular economy a fairy tale or a real transformative vision? To answer this question, this short piece critically reflects on the concept of circular economy, discusses its key challenges, examines its implementation, and explores its precursors and many related concepts and visions. Visit the article to better understand the potentials and shortcomings of…

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How our purchasing decisions can support the transition to a circular economy

In the run up to Christmas this timely piece by CRESTING researcher Aodhan Newsholme (University of Hull, UK), explores how we as consumers can support the transition to a #circulareconomy through our purchasing decisions. As a consumer, you may ask yourself: How do my purchasing actions have an impact in a global world?   Find…

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Analyzing the EU’s circular economy policies from an academic perspective

The EU has embraced the concept of the circular economy (CE) since the publication of the European Union’s Circular Economy Action Plan in 2015.  It is now a central component of many EU policies including the European Green Deal and the Coronavirus Recovery Plan.  However, academic research has yet to evaluate the discourse and policies…

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DIGITAL SOCIAL CAPITAL: THE GLUE BEHIND DIVERSE CIRCULAR ECONOMIES AMIDST COVID-19 AND SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM

CRESTING Researcher Malgorzata Lekan has written the second blogpost in the Cresting blogpost series, these are published on the platform medium. In this blogpost we are embarking on a journey to Tedoy, un mundo para compartir – a community foundation from Santiago (Chile) to explore how digitized alternative economic models can navigate us toward a…

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CRESTING Researcher achieves 2nd place in ‘best path to action’ awards!

Cresting researcher Santiago Perez has won second place in the « best path to action » award by the AScUS (un)conference held from the 3rd to the 5th of June, 2020. The conference was organised by the Sustainable Urban Systems section of the International Society for Industrial Ecology in partnership with Metabolism of Cities and…

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The circular economy post-COVID-19

The ESR Anna Walker has written her first blogpost in the Cresting blogpost series, all to be published on the platform medium. In her post, she talks about how her colleagues Erik Roos Lindgreen and Katelin Opferkuch and herself conducted interviews with front-running circular companies. The interviews were based on a survey they had sent…

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CRESTING researchers develop the first typology of circularity discourses

Martin Calisto Friant (Utrecht University), Walter Vermeulen (Utrecht University) and Roberta Salomone (University of Messina) have examined the long history of circularity ideas and debates from the early 20th century to nowadays in order to develop the first 2×2 typology of circularity discourses to date.  Their paper thereby maps and classifies circularity ideas from the…

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Digital social capital: the glue behind diverse circular economies amidst COVID-19 and surveillance capitalism

As COVID-19 challenges us to rethink the systems underpinning the economy, yet circular economy and digital technologies have already been recognized as key enablers of the COVID-19 recovery, digitally-enabled ‘diverse circular economies’ now deserve more attention than ever.  So what are ‘diverse’ circular economies? Check it out in the latest piece written by CRESTING ESR…

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5th CRESTING workshop – hosted virtually by Karl-Franzens University of Graz

This week is the 5th CRESTING workshop, hosted virtually at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz.  The workshop is the fifth in a series of six workshops that will be delivered as part of the training of 15 ESRs (Early Stage Researchers). Over the course of this week, 15 PhDs-to-be, 13 supervisors, 1 project manager, 14 external keynote speakers,…

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