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Circular Economy and Sustainable Development
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims at contributing with new academics knowledge within the field of Circular Economy (CE). It is doing so by exploring the concept of CE in relation to sustainable development and seeks to understand the possible contribution of CE in the creation of a more sustainable system within the planetary boundaries. It does so through a literature study and semi-structured interviews with researchers within the sustainability field.

The result shows that CE, in theory, seems to fulfill environmental sustainability criteria's but that the theory is lacking in solutions for social sustainability. The results from the interviews points in different directions in regard to CE's likeliness of success. The thesis concludes that CE is building on existing concepts but with new implementation and more of a business target group. It also concludes the importance of keeping sustainability as a goal and of business initiatives for CE to be suplemented with policy instruments. CE seems to be an important part of the sustainability solution but not the solution.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 53 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 265
Keyword [en]
Circular Economy, Sustainable Development, Sustainability, Planetary Boundaries
Keyword [sv]
Cirkulär ekonomi, Hållbar utveckling, Hållbarhet, Planetära gränser
National Category
Natural Sciences Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-259772OAI: diva2:847025
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2015-06-04, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2015-08-19 Created: 2015-08-11 Last updated: 2015-08-19Bibliographically approved

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