Eco-Innovation Diversity in a Circular Economy: Towards Circular Innovation Studies

de Jesus, Ana and Lammi, Minna and Domenech, Teresa and Vanhuyse, Fedra and Mendonça, Sandro (2021) Eco-Innovation Diversity in a Circular Economy: Towards Circular Innovation Studies. Sustainability, 13 (19). p. 10974. ISSN 2071-1050

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/su131910974

Abstract

Transition to a Circular Economy (CE) is about structural change and is predicated on the introduction of transformative eco-innovation (EI). Research on the CE–EI nexus has recently attracted attention both from an analytical and regulatory perspective. However, in-depth research exploring EI dynamics within the CE is still marginal, especially concerning the trends and dynamics of the pro-CE innovation policy and strategy. This paper addresses this gap by taking advantage of the burgeoning research on CE of the last 20 years and offers a new working synthesis. By implementing a “(systematic) review of (systematic) reviews”, this paper provides a new comprehensive framework for understanding pro-circular innovation strategies and, as a complement, argues the need to advance “circular innovation studies” as an agenda in its own right. Innovations related to recycling and recovery CE strategies along with business-model innovations and systemic/transformative innovations are found to be a major current trend in the research, connecting supply and demand side innovations and also driving other forms of innovation linked to design, product manufacturing, logistics and reverse logistics and end-of-life management and recovery. Additionally, of note is that the conceptual understanding of EI dynamics within a CE is still mainly implicit (rather than explicitly discussed) limiting the possibilities to advance knowledge in the area of innovation for CE: this is why we propose a “circular innovation studies” agenda.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: circular economy, innovation, systematic review
Faculty: Faculty of Business & Law
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2021 12:02
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2022 15:23
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/707033

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