The Circular Economy and Sustainability journal aims to bring a new approach of the key concepts of circular economy and sustainability, by combining the scientific disciplines of economy, management, engineering, technology, environment, and society. As circular economy is necessary today to promote the goals of sustainable development; these scientific areas are not independent to each other, but their relations, interactions and synergies exist and should be further developed and studied. Interdisciplinary approaches and multiple connections between these scientific areas are required not only to reach the sustainability goals but also to solve diverse environmental problems, expand technological limits and overcome potential economic disturbances. This approach is expressed with new policies (command and control, market-based instruments, and circular public procurement), technological suggestions (e.g. technical cycle solutions), environmental engineering technologies (e.g., waste management, 3r strategies, water recycle, wastewater treatment and reuse, renewable energy), circular business models, circular innovations, circular management solutions, consumers’ behavior in circular economy, new circular economy products labels and social acceptance in circular economy. These topics could be classified in three levels; the micro-level (firm-level engineering and managerial level), meso-level (industrial ecology, industrial symbiosis, eco-clusters, eco-industrial parks), and macro-level (general policies, plans, green and sustainable entrepreneurship).

First academic journal that puts circular economy at the core of its scope
First integrated platform for research on circular economy and sustainability that reverses the current fragmentation of circular economy and sustainability literature
Introduces a novel approach of circular economy and sustainability as two interconnected and complementary concepts that form a new multidimensional concept
Covers the gap of such a discussion platform given the rapid growth of the related literature over the last 5 years
Offers a multi-disciplinary knowledge base comprising a broad range of disciplines and solutions
Suggests a three-level analysis of circular economy and sustainability and the study of their interrelations: the micro-level (firm-level engineering and managerial level), meso-level (industrial ecology, industrial symbiosis, eco-clusters, eco-industrial parks), and macro-level (general policies, plans, green and sustainable entrepreneurship).
Suggests a new scientific dialogue and research agenda to strengthen the nexus between engineering-natural sciences with the economic, management and social sciences to solve circular economy and sustainability issues
Promotes innovation processes from technological solutions to economic, social and environmental solutions in the context of circular economy and sustainability
Proposes a deeper study of the social dimension of circular economy

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  • Alexandros I. Stefanakis
  • Nikoleta Jones,
  • Ioannis Nikolaou
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Volume 1

Issue 2, September 2021

Part I: Regular Papers, Part II: Special Issue: Inaugural Conference of the IS4CE  

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  • Special Issue:  A Green Deal for Sustainable Resources – Extraction, Recovery, Circularity (WRF 2021)

    This Special Issue will host selected papers presented at the World Resources Forum 2021 (WRF 2021) conference “A Green Deal for Sustainable Resources”, to be held on 12-14 October 2021. In today’s world, where natural resources are finite, resource depletion is ever rising, which has resulted in social and environmental negative effects. International efforts have therefore been geared towards reducing the negative impacts of resource use. The European Union Green Deal sets policy initiatives to usher Europe into a carbon-neutral use of resources by the 2050. To do so, resource governance is crucial for all actors involved in the natural resources value chain. Similar to the goals set in the Green Deal, the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and the related SDGs can only be achieved using a holistic approach.

  • Special Issue: Strategies toward Green Deal Implementation - Water and Raw Materials

    As climate change and environmental degradation are progressing, taking action to protect the environment and our societies is imperative. Thus, it is highly important to promote the implementation of the Green Deal Strategies, which aim at mitigating climate change impacts. This special issue will include selected papers presented at the International Conference on ‘Strategies toward Green Deal Implementation – Water and Raw Materials’ (ICGreenDeal2020) held during 14-16 December 2020. The conference focused on interdisciplinary strategies and innovative solutions (technological, environmental, economic, and social) that can be implemented under the Green Deal Strategies to prevent and mitigate climate change impacts.

  • Call for Papers for a Special Issue: The Era of Circular Bio-economy

    This special issue aims to illustrate the latest developments in the various aspects of Circular Bio-economy, such as biomass cultivation and processing technologies, raw materials and products from biomass, recycling technologies and innovative products, new business models, education, policies, sustainability analysis, etc. 

  • Call for Papers for a Special Issue: The Circular Economy Agenda: Between Radical Change and Neoliberal Hegemony

    Current circular economy initiatives in different regions (e.g. the EU, China) produce very diverse geographical outcomes, based also on competing ideological perspectives. A rigorous analysis and critique of the various circular economy approaches is missing from the international literature as they are implemented across different geographies and politico-economic systems. This special issue aims at bridging this gap.

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