CirThink - Circular Economy Thinking in HEIs

Theme 2   Entrepreneurship and business economics.

Secondary school seachers.
Researchers and academics.

Most of the production and consumption processes fall into the category of flow economy. As a result, natural resources are taken from the environment for production, which are returned to the environment as output after production and consumption. Accordingly, environmental pollution is one of the starting points of the sustainable development approach developed in the 1980s. The aim of the approach is to develop the economy away from a flow economy towards a circular economy (Kirchgeorg, Manfred, 1999, p.1f.). While there is no single accepted definition of a circular economy, it is generally understood that the “transition to a circular economy” entails a reduced demand for natural resources, and the materials that are derived from them (McCarthy et al., 2018).

The Erasmus + project CirThink aims to foster circular economy thinking in Higher Education Institutions by developing a cross-curricular approach and perspectives for wider stakeholder involvement. As a first major stepa series of interviews was conducted in the partner countries with various experts in the circular economy from universities, industries and projects. Based on these interviews, we drew conclusions about how main stakeholders have used circular economy in their practical and educational activities in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey and UK.

In the Workshop, we would like to discuss the international results that have been gathered and the resulting hypotheses on the main drivers, obstacles and possibilities of the circular economy with you in view of our further project goal, the development of a curriculum for universities to deal with the concept of circular economy.

Presented by: Jana Franke (1, 1) and Bernd Remmele

Workshop (75 min)

Downloadable files: 28_5658_Slides_Remmele Franke_CirThink.pdf

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