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Smart Circular Economy

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Circular Economy is a paradigm for sustainable growth that envisions the transformation of how modern societies design, produce and consume goods and services towards a regenerative economic cycle, where economic growth is decoupled from resource depletion. Future and emerging digital technologies, such as advanced mobile networks, Distributed Ledger Technologies, Edge Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things, provide an essential enabler of circular business practices by optimizing continual flows of energy and materials back into production processes, and by making inefficiencies transparent. Therefore, these smart technologies play an important role in the transition to Circular Economy by enabling and facilitating truly sustainable business operations, including efficient asset management, data sharing and analysis, collaboration, co-innovation, and shared value creation.


Smart Circular Economy focuses on the role of emerging and future ICT as an enabler for Circular Economy. The aim is to investigate how smart digital technologies can contribute to the development of circular processes, services and business models; how smart digital systems and platforms can reform design and decision making mechanisms; how these concepts can be applied on verticals such as, but not limited to, smart cities, precision agriculture, and renewable energy infrastructure. Taken together, the papers in this special issue will form a valuable resource for all types of organizations that are, or will be, involved in the transition to a sustainable and vibrant future economy.


The aim of the current Research Topic is to cover promising, recent, and novel research trends as well as successful case studies. This is an interdisciplinary Collection accepting submissions in the disciplines of Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Business and Economics. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

·      Applications of Smart Circular Economy technologies and principles in verticals such as healthcare, transportation, energy, buildings, and other.

·      Digital systems employing circularity principles or underpinning the transition to a Circular Economy

·      In-depth case studies illustrating Circular Economy performance and efficiency in terms of people, the planet and sustainability.

·      Requirements engineering for Circular Economy.

·      Interdependency between Digital and Physical Networks; e.g. communication and utility networks.

·      Digital monitoring and impact analysis.

·      Change management and digitally-enabled transition.

·      Data-driven business models, open innovation, co-creation and shared value creation.




Keywords: Future networks, Servitization, Internet of Things, Distributed Ledger Technologies, Edge Computing, Artificial Intelligence, crowd systems, circular economy, sustainable business models


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Circular Economy is a paradigm for sustainable growth that envisions the transformation of how modern societies design, produce and consume goods and services towards a regenerative economic cycle, where economic growth is decoupled from resource depletion. Future and emerging digital technologies, such as advanced mobile networks, Distributed Ledger Technologies, Edge Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things, provide an essential enabler of circular business practices by optimizing continual flows of energy and materials back into production processes, and by making inefficiencies transparent. Therefore, these smart technologies play an important role in the transition to Circular Economy by enabling and facilitating truly sustainable business operations, including efficient asset management, data sharing and analysis, collaboration, co-innovation, and shared value creation.


Smart Circular Economy focuses on the role of emerging and future ICT as an enabler for Circular Economy. The aim is to investigate how smart digital technologies can contribute to the development of circular processes, services and business models; how smart digital systems and platforms can reform design and decision making mechanisms; how these concepts can be applied on verticals such as, but not limited to, smart cities, precision agriculture, and renewable energy infrastructure. Taken together, the papers in this special issue will form a valuable resource for all types of organizations that are, or will be, involved in the transition to a sustainable and vibrant future economy.


The aim of the current Research Topic is to cover promising, recent, and novel research trends as well as successful case studies. This is an interdisciplinary Collection accepting submissions in the disciplines of Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Business and Economics. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

·      Applications of Smart Circular Economy technologies and principles in verticals such as healthcare, transportation, energy, buildings, and other.

·      Digital systems employing circularity principles or underpinning the transition to a Circular Economy

·      In-depth case studies illustrating Circular Economy performance and efficiency in terms of people, the planet and sustainability.

·      Requirements engineering for Circular Economy.

·      Interdependency between Digital and Physical Networks; e.g. communication and utility networks.

·      Digital monitoring and impact analysis.

·      Change management and digitally-enabled transition.

·      Data-driven business models, open innovation, co-creation and shared value creation.




Keywords: Future networks, Servitization, Internet of Things, Distributed Ledger Technologies, Edge Computing, Artificial Intelligence, crowd systems, circular economy, sustainable business models


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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23 May 2021 Abstract
10 October 2021 Manuscript

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Submission Deadlines

23 May 2021 Abstract
10 October 2021 Manuscript

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