Specifically, Circulus asks how the circular economy is discursively constructed in Germany, Europe, and beyond and what material change processes are connected to it. To achieve integrated insights into political, economic, and societal change processes, the group combines perspectives from political science, sociology, management, economics, and engineering/industrial ecology. To integrate the different dimensions of transformation, the project takes on a constructivist systems approach linking the distinct work packages.
The project’s major objectives include:
The results will serve to identify complementarities and contradictions across the visions of policy makers, industry, and civil society in different countries and across different industry sectors. It will further assess whether and how these visions are connected to current material and supply chain transformations across different industry sectors. Based on these insights, the group will outline possible governance strategies to foster opportunities for a sustainable circular economy.
University of Freiburg
Chair of Societal Transition & Circular Economy
Tennenbacher Str. 4
D- 79106 Freiburg
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