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Japan Forum of Business and Society - 10th Annual Conference on "Circular Economy Transition: Exploring the Institutional, Organizational & Behavioral Dimensions"

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

We are pleased to announce the 10th Annual Conference 2020 of our affiliate member Japan Forum of Business and Society (JFBS), with the main theme "Circular Transition: Exploring the Institutional, Organizational & behavioral Dimensions" taking place on September 4 - 5, including a Doctoral Workshop at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.

All participants from academia, industry, government, consumer organizations and NPO/ NGOs are welcome. Non-members of JFBS are highly encouraged to participate in the conference. 

Scope of the conference and Call for papers 

Produce, consume, dispose – this is the traditional industrial model our economy is based on, and it is well known that most businesses operate in this manner. It is also well known that this linear model is not sustainable for much longer. Against this background, organizations such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation have proposed the Circular Economy (CE) as a viable and restorative model in which economic growth is decoupled from natural resource and energy consumption. In CE, end-of-life waste becomes “food” for other value chains, and more broadly, the focus is on maximizing what is already in use along all the stages of a product’s lifecycle, from sourcing to supply chain, to consumption, to the remaining unusable product or component.

The literature on business models for CE has emphasized recycling strategies for the end of life of products (closing the loop), or eco-development approaches to extend the usage of products (slowing the loop). It has also been argued that slowing the loop can be achieved through different modalities, such as longer consumption cycles due to higher durability, or sharing economy initiatives based on access instead of ownership and on recirculation of goods though digital platforms. Across the world, against the backdrop of the current climate emergency and resource scarcity, policies are encouraging transitions towards CE, and many countries have been promulgating laws and other regulatory measures to trigger circular entrepreneurial initiatives and to favor linear business model adaptations, mainly for critical and strategic materials. We also argue the theoretical underpinnings of CE. How does CE revamp neighbor concepts and paradigms like Sustainability, Industrial Ecology, Permaculture, and Sharing Economy? By looking across disciplines and being attuned to both historical and contemporary debates and practices, the JFBS Annual Conference 2020 will critically explore issues around the Circular Economy, covering (but not limited to) the following topics

1. Polices and strategies for CE. How do the regulatory and institutional contexts enable a CE transition? What kind of public policies are likely to frame the development of CE at the local, national and international levels? How do businesses embed CE concept into strategy?

2. Circular entrepreneurship. What are the entrepreneurial profiles of the CE field? How do they deal with the CE issues in local, national and international contexts?

3. New consumption patterns and the circular economy. What are the new consumption patterns and motivations triggering or challenging CE development?

4. Sub-themes. Sustainable Fashion, Lost Food, New Plastic Economy, Car/Bicycle/Space Sharing, Regenerative Agriculture, Renewable Energy…

Deadline for Proposal Submission : May 31, 2020

Result Notification: Beginning of July, 2020

Deadline for Presentation Powerpoint: August 20, 2020

For more information, please visit http://j-fbs.jp/annualconf_2020_en.html

Those who submit a successful proposal will be welcome to submit a full paper to the JFBS Annals after the conference.

For more information for the JFBS Annals, please visit http://j-fbs.jp/publications_annals_en.html

Ph. D students for the Doctoral Workshop are encouraged to submit their porposals. For more information for the Doctoral Workshop, please visit at http://j-fbs.jp/annualconf_program_2020_DrWS.html

 - Contact details

For questions regarding the conference, contact the organizers of the conference at: info@j-fbs.jp

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