Training

  • Webinar on Economic Efficiency – Prof Rodriguez Mendez, Universidade de Vigo, Monday 21st October 2019, 11 am CEST. If interested in attending, please, email us.
  • Webinar on Delivering advanced logistical solutions in the food supply chain – Agritalia, Friday 9th October 2020, 10:30 CEST. Presentation is available here.
  • Webinar – Circular futures: What Will They Look Like? Thomas Bauwens, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Tuesday 3rd November 2020, 3:30 PM CET. Link to attend available HERE.

The circular economy is argued to hold great promise for achieving sustainability. Yet, there is a dearth of research about what a circular future may look like. To address this gap, this talk proposes different plausible scenarios for a circular future, using a 2 × 2 scenario matrix method developed through a thought experiment and a focus group. Key drivers of change in this matrix are the nature of technologies deployed – high-tech or low-tech innovations – and the configuration of the governance regime – centralized or decentralized. From this, our study builds four scenario narratives for the future of a circular economy: “planned circularity”, “bottom-up sufficiency”, “circular modernism”, and “peer-to-peer circularity”. It delineates the core characteristics and the upsides and downsides of each scenario. It shows that a circular economy can be organized in very contrasting ways. By generating insights about alternative circular futures, these scenarios may provide a clearer directionality to policy-makers and businesses, helping them both anticipate and understand the consequences of a paradigm shift towards a circular economy and shape policies and strategies, especially in the context of so-called mission-oriented innovation policies. They may also provide a sound basis for quantitatively modelling the impacts of a circular economy.