5c. Circular economy, zero waste & innovation

Track chairs:

Andrea Cecchin. Sustainability Archives, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy. cecchin.and@gmail.com
Andrea Raggi. Department of Economic Studies, University "G. d'Annunzio", Pescara, Italy. a.raggi@unich.it
Pauline Deutz. Geography, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Hull, UK. P.deutz@hull.ac.uk

Goals and objectives of the track

This session aims to contribute to the understanding of both the variety and sustainability impact of circular economy (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:

  • Comparative case studies that elucidate various dimensions of CE;
  • Quantifying the specific environmental, economic and social impacts of CE;
  • The theoretical and practical contribution CE to enhance sustainability policies in Developing Countries;
  • Start-ups and ‘green' businesses under local adjusted to 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://isdrs2018.exordo.com
Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2017 7 January 2018