Call for Papers - Special Issue on Policies for Supporting Regional Circular Economy and Sustainability

Guest Editors

Josep-Maria Arauzo-Carod (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, ECO-SOS and INFER,, 
Ioannis Kostakis (Harokopio University of Athens, and 
Konstantinos P. Tsagarakis (Democritus University of Thrace,

Description of the topic

The transition from the linear to circular economy implies huge economic transformations in the way firms behave and interact with markets. These transformations also require new regional governance trying to balance firms’ expectations with public interest. In this sense, as circular economy is related to sustainability, specific policy actions are needed to engage economic drivers of production with social and technical ones in order to reconsider resources’ management for supporting circular principles.

Current practices need to be revisited from the micro to the macro level to improve resources efficiency and recovery by redesigning all stages of production, from harvesting to disposal and end-of-life. Furthermore, policy interventions should be considered involving the effective resources’ interdependence of individual industries within the industrial ecology/symbiosis concept.

These policies must have a regional dimension, according to a subsidiarity principle and in order to better match the externalities of economic activities with regional environmental management as well as with entrepreneurship supporting activities. Considering the above, this Special Issue will be a perfect outlet for research related to circular economy and sustainability including, but not limited to, the below listed topics:

  • Circular Economy and Innovation
  • Circular Business Models 
  • Eco-industrial parks
  • Energy Resources in Circular Economy
  • Public Awareness and Stakeholder Involvement
  • Renewable Energy in the Context of Circular Economy
  • Business Opportunities in Transition to Circular Economy
  • Regional Governance in Transition to Circular Economy
  • Policies Targeting Circular Economy
  • Sustainable cities
  • Zero waste management      

Procedure and deadlines

Contributions to this special issue have to be submitted using the journal platform (, then select “Article Title: SI <Special issue title>) up to January 3rd, 2021. Previous communication with any of the three Guest Editors is encouraged to ensure that the contribution fits the aim of the special issue.