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Title (Primary) Lessons, narratives, and research directions for a sustainable circular economy
Author Leipold, S.; Petit-Boix, A.; Luo, A.; Helander, H.; Simoens, M.; Ashton, W.S.; Babbitt, C.W.; Bala, A.; Bening, C.R.; Birkved, M.; Blomsma, F.; Boks, C.; Boldrin, A.; Deutz, P.; Domenech, T.; Ferronato, N.; Gallego-Schmid, A.; Giurco, D.; Hobson, K.; Husgafvel, R.; Isenhour, C.; Kriipsalu, M.; Masi, D.; Mendoza, J.M.F.; Milios, L.; Niero, M.; Pant, D.; Parajuly, K.; Pauliuk, S.; Pieroni, M.P.P.; Richter, J.L.; Saidani, M.; Smol, M.; Talens Peiró, L.; van Ewijk, S.; Vermeulen, W.J.V.; Wiedenhofer, D.; Xue, B.
Journal Journal of Industrial Ecology
Year 2023
Department UPOL
Volume 27
Issue 1
Page From 6
Page To 18
Language englisch
Topic T5 Future Landscapes
Keywords circular economy; sustainability; narratives; policy relevance; research impact; ambiguity
Abstract The current enthusiasm for circular economy (CE) offers a unique opportunity to advance the impact of research on sustainability transitions. Diverse interpretations of CE by scholars, however, produce partly opposing assessments of its potential benefits, which can hinder progress. Here, we synthesize policy-relevant lessons and research directions for a sustainable CE and identify three narratives – optimist, reformist and skeptical – that underpin the ambiguity in CE assessments. Based on 54 key CE scholars’ insights, we identify three research needs: the articulation and discussion of ontologically distinct CE narratives; bridging of technical, managerial, socio-economic, environmental and political CE perspectives; and critical assessment of opportunities and limits of CE science-policy interactions. Our findings offer practical guidance for scholars to engage reflexively with the rapid expansion of CE knowledge, identify and pursue high-impact research directions, and communicate more effectively with practitioners and policymakers.
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Leipold, S., Petit-Boix, A., Luo, A., Helander, H., Simoens, M., Ashton, W.S., Babbitt, C.W., Bala, A., Bening, C.R., Birkved, M., Blomsma, F., Boks, C., Boldrin, A., Deutz, P., Domenech, T., Ferronato, N., Gallego-Schmid, A., Giurco, D., Hobson, K., Husgafvel, R., Isenhour, C., Kriipsalu, M., Masi, D., Mendoza, J.M.F., Milios, L., Niero, M., Pant, D., Parajuly, K., Pauliuk, S., Pieroni, M.P.P., Richter, J.L., Saidani, M., Smol, M., Talens Peiró, L., van Ewijk, S., Vermeulen, W.J.V., Wiedenhofer, D., Xue, B. (2023):
Lessons, narratives, and research directions for a sustainable circular economy
J. Ind. Ecol. 27 (1), 6 - 18