Industry Partners & Scientific Collaborators

We will analyse a number of case studies of products designed according to the vision of a circular economy in Germany and a second country (to be decided). The case studies will serve to generate fine-grained insights into complex innovation and transformation processes different industry sectors that largely rely on agriculture or forest-based raw materials. To do so, the team collaborates with highly relevant industry associations and selected companies from these sectors. They not only aid in data collection but accompany the project on an ongoing basis to constantly assure practical relevance of the research questions and findings. Participation does not involve financial or commercial benefits. It opens up possibilities for novel collaborations and ideas for more circular products and production processes and enables the communication of opportunities and challenges to political decision makers and civil society organizations. Furthermore, partners gain direct insights into preliminary results and access to relevant scientific and practitioner networks.



Hauptverband der Deutschen Holzindustrie und Kunststoffe verarbeitenden Industrie und verwandter Industrie- und Wirtschaftszweige e.V.

Forum Ökologisch Verpacken

Cradle to Cradle e.V.

Industrielle Biotechnologie Bayern Netzwerk Gmbh

Scientific Collaborators


Prof. Stefan Bringezu
University of Kassel

Prof. Rüdiger Hahn

University of Hohenheim


Hon. Prof. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
University of Freiburg


Dr Justine Lacey

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)


Prof. Daniela Kleinschmit
University of Freiburg

Dr. Chantal Ruppert- Winkel
University of Freiburg


Prof. Georg Winkel
European Forest Institute


Prof. Thomas Wiedmann
University of New South Wales


PD Dr. Rolf Meyer
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


Prof. Defne Apul
University of Toledo