About this Research Topic
The concept of the Circular Economy (CE) has attracted attention from both policy makers and industrial stakeholders as a systemic approach to address the challenges around use of resources, decarbonisation and preservation of natural capital while promoting new avenues of value creation to support societal wellbeing. Key academic and policy debates have revolved around terminology and measurement, as well as strategies, policies and business models to increase circular flow of resources and waste contributing to wider sustainability goals at the system level. The transition to CE requires changes at micro (resources, products, firms), meso (sector, supply and value chains) and macro (economy, ecosystem) scales. One of the key gaps in the current research is how to identify and assess effects of the CE initiatives at individual scales from a systemic perspective. To address this gap, research is needed to explore effects of CE in an integrated way, understanding interactions and dependencies across scales and space, including potential areas of friction and synergy, but also to provide robust evidence of concrete opportunities and challenges for better design and methodologies.
The aim of the Research Topic is to advance the understanding of economic, environmental and social implications of CE at different scales (micro, meso and macro), assess implementation challenges, develop analytical approaches and tools for the application of CE at different levels and, importantly, propose advancements in modelling and assessment approaches which allow for better understanding the implications of CE actions across different scales. The aim is to suggest approaches that can inform and foster an alignment of actions at different levels towards the transition to the sustainable and inclusive CE.
Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include (although are not limited to) the following:
• Assessment frameworks and methods for monitoring and evaluation of CE at micro, meso and macro levels
• Conceptual advancements on muIti-scalar integration assessment frameworks considering interconnections and dependencies across scales
• Integrated multi-scalar modelling approaches to the circular economy
• System of indicators and metrics for CE implementation, including links to sustainability goals
• Policy frameworks and governance for CE policy evaluation
• Monitoring frameworks for CE business models
• CE frameworks and metrics for sectors and value chains
• CE frameworks and metrics at the city and municipal level
• Critical perspectives on CE implementation, including evidence on distributional impacts of CE across scales and space
• Challenges and opportunities of implementation of CE in the global south
The Research Topic welcomes original research papers, reviews, policy perspectives and opinion pieces within the scope of the topic
Keywords: Circular Economy, assessment frameworks, circular economy quantification, circular metrics, circular economy critical perspectives, modelling
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