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The Circular Economy – A new sustainability paradigm?

Geissdoerfer, M and Savaget, P and Bocken, NMP and Hultink, EJ (2016) The Circular Economy – A new sustainability paradigm? Journal of Cleaner Production, 143. pp. 757-768.

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While the terms Circular Economy and sustainability are increasingly gaining traction with academia, industry, and policymakers, the similarities and differences between both concepts remain ambiguous. The relationship between the concepts is not made explicit in literature, which is blurring their conceptual contours and constrains the efficacy of using the approaches in research and practice. This research addresses this gap and aims to provide conceptual clarity by distinguishing the terms and synthesising the different types of relationships between them. We conducted an extensive literature review, employing bibliometric analysis and snowballing techniques to investigate the state of the art in the field and synthesise the similarities, differences and relationships between both terms. We identified eight different relationship types in the literature and illustrated the most evident similarities and differences between both concepts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Circular Economy sustainability sustainable development closed loop literature review circular business model
Divisions: Div E > Strategy and Policy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:18
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2018 02:22