The Circular Economy: Recent debates and research trends

Erika Džajić Uršič, Urška Fric, Borut Rončević

Article ID: 2855
Vol 8, Issue 3, 2024

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The Circular Economy is one of the most prominent cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral concepts to emerge in recent decades. It has permeated academia, policymaking, business, NGOs, and the general public, leading to numerous applications of the concept, some of which only partially overlap. In this article, we review recent debates and research trends in the Circular Economy, outlining the ten most common groups of its conceptualizations using the PRISMA (Preferred Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis) method. We then propose a post disciplinary and transnational research program on the Circular Economy that would not only combine hard and soft sciences in unprecedented ways but also have important practical applications, such as developing tools to embed the Circular Economy in natural, technical, economic, and socio-cultural settings.


Circular Economy; global sustainability; circularity concepts; research trends; sustainable business models; European Union; United States of America; China

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