ESRs’ Blog

Circular Economy: A potential thrombolytic for global supply chains?

Circular Economy: A potential thrombolytic for global supply chains?

by Meletios Bimpizas and Prof. Andrea Genovese(University of Sheffield, Management School) So, the “Capitalist Thrombosis” linked to the Suez Canal crisis...

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The Role of Policy Entrepreneurs: Critical factors to the institutional uptake of the Circular Economy.

The Role of Policy Entrepreneurs: Critical factors to the institutional uptake of the Circular Economy.

Image Source: European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg. [Fred Marvaux/ © European Union 2020 – Source : EP] In 1990, David Pearce and Robert Kerry...

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Is there life beyond GDP?

Is there life beyond GDP?

How should we measure economic performance and success? We keep using GPD and economic growth and we keep ignoring all the critiques that point out how wrong are both...

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Trust is key

Trust is key

According to the keynote speakers on the first day of the MCAA 8th Annual Conference, collaboration, connection, and trust (with peers and community) play...

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Kandinsky and the Circular Economy

Kandinsky and the Circular Economy

Guest blog post by Sofia Greaves, PhD Researcher in Italian Modernism and urban planning at University of Cambridge Recycling is typically understood through...

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Is Europe’s new agenda for sustainable growth and Circular Economy Action Plan going to spread prosperity or concentrate it?

Is Europe’s new agenda for sustainable growth and Circular Economy Action Plan going to spread prosperity or concentrate it?

The economic development, social cohesion and political stability in the EU have been imperiled by the regional[1] economic divergence [1]. The last 50 years have...

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Video Presentation: Circular Economy Paths In The Olive Oil Industry

Amos Ncube presents his research, entitled ‘Circular Economy Paths In The Olive Oil Industry: A Life Cycle Assessment Look Into Environmental Performance And...

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Is there life beyond GDP?

Is there life beyond GDP?

by Josep Pinyol How should we measure economic performance and success? We keep using GPD and economic growth and we keep ignoring all the critiques that point out...

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You may want to change the way you buy clothes…

You may want to change the way you buy clothes…

What would you do if you knew that behind the clothes you wear… …there are low-wage workers without basic rights, people dying from diseases caused by chemicals and...

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Furniture Refurbishment: what about social implications?

Furniture Refurbishment: what about social implications?

IKEA, the world’s biggest furniture retailer, recently announced a furniture buy-back and resell scheme offering customers vouchers to spend in store. The scheme...

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The Untapped Potential of Biogas in Africa

The Untapped Potential of Biogas in Africa

The pathway to a low carbon economy for many countries across Africa appears as a long and winding road.  There remains a predominance of fossil fuel-based heating...

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Thank you so much!

Thank you so much!

Stientje van Veldhoven, Minister for Environment of the Netherlands, said, “we need to look at the resources side” instead of base decisions on energy efficiency...

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A Multi-Method Approach for Evaluating Environmental Implications of a Circular Economy

A Multi-Method Approach for Evaluating Environmental Implications of a Circular Economy

by Amos Ncube Despite a growing momentum to transition to a circular economy, there is currently no consensus on how organisations can measure their effectiveness in...

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Contrasts

Contrasts

During my summer holidays in Switzerland, one topic caught my attention: domestic waste management. And I just realized that it is not the first time I’m writing...

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Covid-19 calls for the politicisation of supply chain management

Covid-19 calls for the politicisation of supply chain management

Akis Bimpizas, Management School, University of Sheffield, UK ([email protected]) Prof. Andrea Genovese, Management School, University of Sheffield, UK...

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The virtual ReTraCE Roundtable for Industry and Policy Makers

The virtual ReTraCE Roundtable for Industry and Policy Makers

Text by Sanja Arsova and Azar Mahmoungonbadi The First Day of the Roundtable event for exchanging knowledge between the 15 Early Stage Researchers, industries and...

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One Year In

One Year In

It is around a year since I started my role as a ReTraCE ESR. I thought I would use this opportunity to reflect on the past year and share my thoughts, feelings and...

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Covid-19: the end of global sourcing?

Covid-19: the end of global sourcing?

Akis Bimpizas, Management School, University of Sheffield, UK ([email protected]) Prof. Andrea Genovese, Management School, University of Sheffield, UK...

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Online conferences, networking while staying home

Online conferences, networking while staying home

By Josep Pinyol and Kevin van Langen The latest Edition of the International Conference on Innovation and Circular Economy[1] took place from the 25th to the 27th of...

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Globalised world: A reality after COVID-19?

Globalised world: A reality after COVID-19?

The COVID-19 crisis is not only challenging our livelihoods, but also our perception about the current economic development model. Many governments have restricted...

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Windmills, cups and straws (1/2)

Windmills, cups and straws (1/2)

I was in one of the amazing Greek islands last summer, Samos, when I was preparing an abstract to submit for an international conference on circular economy (CE), and...

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Covid-19: Voices from Naples

Covid-19: Voices from Naples

Quarantine can make you forget what day it is. The lock-down imposed nationally on March 12, to shutdown most businesses and a ban on public gatherings in Italy, the...

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Emergy is not a “typo”!!!

Emergy is not a “typo”!!!

I recently sent a document to an industrial partner and requested for a review. It did not take too long to receive the comment “word Emergy is a typo”. Well, even my...

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From 15 ESRs to one team

From 15 ESRs to one team

The first ReTraCE ESRs Team Retreat took place at the University Parthenope in Naples, from the 16th to the 18th of December. This was a self-organised event that...

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Flying Less as an ESR

Flying Less as an ESR

Flying is a convenient, affordable, safe, and quick way to travel across countries, making it is the most popular mean of transportation for academics, especially to...

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Giving new life to our products!

Giving new life to our products!

We began our sustainability journey at ReTrace project with the mission statement towards circular economy and our initiative “Zero Waste“, a corporate imperative, as...

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Turning trash into treasures

Turning trash into treasures

Text by Jayani I. Sudusinghe, Felipe A. de Lima, and Biman D. Hettiarachchi. What happens to the disposable coffee-to-go cup we drink every morning? What happens to...

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Circular Economy and the UK General Election

Circular Economy and the UK General Election

On the 12th of December, the UK general election will take place. While the debate has been mainly focused on Brexit and the National Health Service, Environmental...

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Transformation

Transformation

Text by Felipe A. de Lima, Jayani I. Sudusinghe, and Biman D. Hettiarachchi. Aquarelle by Felipe A. de Lima. Transformation (noun): an act, process, or instance of...

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Africa and the Circular Economy

Africa and the Circular Economy

With my African background, I always try to connect my research and reading with my roots as well for future implementation/consultancy. Throughout my literature...

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Have you ever heard about Climathon?

Have you ever heard about Climathon?

Climathon is a global event that asks all citizens of the participating cities to face challenges linked to environmental sustainability and be part of the solution...

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Design for Sustainable Disposal

Design for Sustainable Disposal

The new eco-design requirements regulation in the EU[1] is hailed as the first step to Right to Repair legislation across the EU. An interesting aspect of the new...

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Let’s ReThink our attitude!

Let’s ReThink our attitude!

Text by Felipe Alexandre de Lima & Jayani Ishara Sudusinghe Aquarelle by Felipe Alexandre de Lima It’s worldwide recognized that the current “take-make-dispose”...

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The end of planned ​obsolescence?

The end of planned ​obsolescence?

​Increasing the pace of new innovations and constantly releasing new products with small incremental changes is sometimes a strategy for firms in highly competitive...

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Organic waste: Biobased circularity

Organic waste: Biobased circularity

Municipal solid waste and in particular organic waste are globally generated in large quantities from various sectors including different stages of the food supply...

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Why can’t we live circular?

Why can’t we live circular?

For billions of years we have had life on our planet, but no species had such a catastrophic effect on life on the planet as humans now have. And that is for one...

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Momentum

Momentum

Before taking my current position as a PhD student at Dalarna University in Sweden, I lived in a small city in the UK called Chester, located in North West England...

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EU announces new investment in CE

EU announces new investment in CE

European Union’s (EU) priority is to achieve a greener and smarter Europe. The circular economy (CE) has been regarded as a powerful tool to reduce environmental...

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The CE vs Growth dilemma

The CE vs Growth dilemma

The current linear economy has been strongly challenged in recent years regarding its merely focus on economic growth in spite of the resulting environmental...

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Circular Economy and the 6 REs

Circular Economy and the 6 REs

The idea behind the Circular Economy is that we stop discarding what we consider waste until we reach a society that doesn’t heap up waste at all. But what...

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It’s time to change!

It’s time to change!

We love consuming goods Buying things changes our mood, but are we aware of the environmental issues we have caused? There are tons of plastics in the ocean The...

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Ready to shape the future!

Ready to shape the future!

Circular economy is the buzz word these days and the task ahead of us as the recently appointed Early Stage Researchers in pushing the circular economy (CE) agenda...

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Our journey begins!

Our journey begins!

The Sheffield Summer School has represented the official launch of ReTraCE project (www.retrace-itn.eu) funded by Horizon 2020 EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative...

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