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Title: Circular cities: mapping six cities in transition
Authors: Prendeville, Sharon
Cherim, Emma
Bocken, Nancy
Keywords: Circular economy
Sharing economy
Urban environmentalism
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: PRENDEVILLE, S., CHERIM, E. and BOCKEN, N., 2018. Circular cities: mapping six cities in transition. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 26, pp. 171-194.
Abstract: Urbanisation and climate change are urging cities to chart novel paths towards sustainable futures. Many cities are turning to the alluring ‘circular economy’ (CE) concept to guide this redirection. The CE concept re-imagines how flows of resources moving through economies might be ‘closed’. Here, we explore this new ‘circular city’ agenda by asking: How are cities adopting CE as a strategy?. We found that political leadership, building adaptable future visions, using experimental approaches (such as living labs), developing contextual knowledge about resource use, and engaging with diverse stakeholders to be important. However, we also expose that there is a lack of consensus on what a circular city constitutes and a need to further untangle the how and why of the circular city concept. The research contributes to the field by outlining emergent cases, identifying a set of common policy strategies, conceptualising a circular city and identifying areas for future research.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2017.03.002
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2017.03.002
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/24890
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2017.03.002
ISSN: 2210-4224
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