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Coordinating Circular & Degrowth Systems for Strong Sustainability

Posted May 23, 2022 | Sustainability | Leadership | Amplify
Strong sustainability
The authors discuss how concepts like circular economy, degrowth, and post-growth redefine which materials are considered waste and which are considered useful. Circular economy and degrowth approaches could provide stronger sustainability outcomes by rethinking what counts as waste in supply chain analyses, operations, and management. The authors look at supply chain subsystems that support strong sustainability outcomes, using practical examples. They show how strong sustainability can support societal and economic resilience and identify ways to overcome challenges to changing market systems.
About The Author
Joseph Sarkis
Joseph Sarkis is Professor of Management in Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Business School, where he teaches and researches in the areas of environmental sustainability and business, green supply chain management, circular economy, and technology management. He has published more than 500 articles across a variety of outlets. Dr. Sarkis is an international program coordinator for the Greening of Industry Network and cochairs Future Earth's… Read More
Paul Dewick
Paul Dewick is Professor of Sustainability and Innovation at Keele University’s Keele Business School, UK. His research explores the role of innovation in systems of sustainable consumption and production. Previously, Dr. Dewick’s work examined eco-innovation in the food and “built environment” sectors; more recently, he has explored the factors facilitating and hindering the circular economy and the sustainability implications of innovations… Read More
Maurie Cohen
Maurie J. Cohen is Professor of Sustainability Studies; Program Director of Science, Technology, and Society; and Chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is Associate Faculty member with the Rutgers/NJIT Urban Systems Program and Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. Dr. Cohen serves as Editor of Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy; Associate Editor of Environmental… Read More
Joerg Hofstetter
Joerg S. Hofstetter is Associate Professor in Supply Chain Management at KEDGE Business School, France, and head of KEDGE’s Sustainable Supply Chain Lab. With more than 20 years’ experience, he is an academic expert in circular economy, corporate sustainability, global value chains, and multinational multi-tier supply chains. Dr. Hofstetter is President of the International Forum on Sustainable Value Chains; lecturer at the University of St.… Read More
Patrick Schröder
Patrick Schröder is a Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, an independent policy institute. He focuses on the intersection of research, international development cooperation, and policy in the circular economy. Previously, Dr. Schröder was Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, UK, where he conducted research and taught on the circular economy in developing country contexts and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals. He… Read More
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