Innovation for a Circular Economy

Research Handbook of Innovation for a Circular Economy

12 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2021

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Siri Jakobsen

Nord University

Thomas Lauvås

Nord University

Francesco Quatraro

University of Turin - Collegio Carlo Alberto

Einar Rasmussen

Nord Universtiy

Marianne Steinmo

Nord University

Date Written: May 31, 2021

Abstract

Circular economy has presented itself as a viable concept and solution for the accelerating resource extraction, consumption and piles of waste and pollution destroying our natural ecosystems. Although the circular economy principles of using resources and materials as long as possible is conceptually easy to grasp, implementation is challenging and depends on the collective effort of all actors, at institutional, organisational and individual levels. Due to the lack of knowledge on how actors enable the circular economy transition, innovation studies are key for understanding how the circular economy may go from being a promising concept, to an integrated part of all economic activity. This edited volume focuses on enhancing our understanding of the relations between circular economy and innovation, and how actors at different levels may facilitate the transition towards a circular economy. The collective findings from this handbook offers inspiring empirical examples of circular innovations at the system, organisational and individual levels, illustrating that the transition towards a circular economy is on its way. However, most circular innovations are incremental, which calls for more coordinated and radical innovation efforts to fully realize a circular economy. In sum this book provides practitioners, policy makers and researchers with ample encouragement of pushing the understanding and the development of circular economy innovations further.

Keywords: Circular economy, Circular transition, Collaborative innovation, Innovation, Open innovation, Sustainability

Suggested Citation

Jakobsen, Siri and Lauvås, Thomas and Quatraro, Francesco and Rasmussen, Einar and Steinmo, Marianne, Innovation for a Circular Economy (May 31, 2021). Research Handbook of Innovation for a Circular Economy , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3857012 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3857012

Siri Jakobsen

Nord University ( email )

Universitetsalléen 11
8049 Bodo
Norway

Thomas Lauvås

Nord University ( email )

Universitetsalléen 11
8049 Bodo
Norway

Francesco Quatraro

University of Turin - Collegio Carlo Alberto ( email )

via Real Collegio 30
Moncalieri, Torino 10024
Italy

Einar Rasmussen (Contact Author)

Nord Universtiy ( email )

Post Office Box 1490
Bodø, Nordland 8049
Norway

Marianne Steinmo

Nord University ( email )

Universitetsalléen 11
8049 Bodo
Norway

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