The Circular Economy (CE) Policy Research Center unites researchers from the KU Leuven, Ghent University, the University of Antwerp, and VITO. They will continue to build upon the research results from the previous SuMMa centre, which was active from 2012 to 2016. The CE Center is co-funded by The OVAM and the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI).
This report addresses blind spots in current research about the understudied circular phenomenon of reuse and the variety of formal (i.e. included in our economy through regulated economic units and protected workers) and informal (i.e. part of an informal economy in which transactions do not get registered) channels through which it may occur.
The Circular Economy Policy Research Centre investigates three important policy questions:
How can we measure the progress towards a circular economy?
What are the economic effects of a circular economy, and how can policy have an effect on these?
How could other major societal trends or transitions influence the pathway towards a circular economy?
The policy research centre has been organised as a cluster of research projects in order to answer these questions. Each of the projects has a particular perspective to better understand and shape circular economy as a system. Besides our work on theory and on finding ways to answer these general questions, we will also conduct tangible case studies.
The researchers explain
The impact of the circular economy on employment
How can we measure where we are in the transition?