Urban regions shifting to circular economy: Understanding challenges for new ways of governance

Urban areas account for around 50% of global solid waste generation. In the last decade, the European Union has supported numerous initiatives aiming at reducing waste generation by promoting shifts towards Circular Economy (CE) approaches. Governing this process has become imperative. This article focuses on the results of a governance analysis of six urban regions…

Overcoming governance challenges to enact transitions for a circular economy in Amsterdam and Naples urban regions – RSA19

Circular economy, that is a system in which resources circulate in ‘closed loops’ and waste generation is minimised, emerged as new sustainability paradigm, challenging the existing economic models and sustainable development practices. Transition towards circular economy was placed high on the agenda of the EU as well as on those of central, regional and local…

Governance challenges for a circular economy in AMA – BK Research Week

Erwin Heurkens, 5 May 2019, BK Research Week In order to sustain and facilitate change towards a circular built environment, a territorial governance approach must be considered which integrates multi-level and cross-sectoral features of governance. This presentation sets out the main governance challenges faced and current CE transitions in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. These findings…

Regional governance challenges for the transition towards circular economy – RSA18

Circular economy, the new ‘buzzword’ in urban and regional studies and policy debates, is about shifting from linear production process towards a circular in which the generation of waste is minimised, materials circulate in ‘closed loops’ and waste is not considered a burden but rather a resource that brings new economic and spatial opportunities. Transitions…

Challenges for Circular Economy Development in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region

WORKSHOP URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE DURING ECONOMIC TRANSITION AND CLIMATE CHANGE By Erwin Heurkens Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft, 9 November 2017, Delft Integrating circular economy principles into spatial and urban development practices faces many challenges. Particularly, the realization of circular urban development is surrounded by questions about the right spatial scale…