Exploring Plausible Circular Futures (ExPliCit) Project
We are pleased to inform you that we are starting a 3 year project “Exploring Plausible Circular Futures” (ExPliCit) , funded by the EU under the Horizon Europe programme, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Staff Exchanges.
The aim of the project:
Circular Economy (CE) represents a new paradigm that is capable of pushing the frontiers of sustainable development by transforming the relationships between ecological systems and economic activities. Such a new paradigm is expected to repair economy-society-nature interactions, replacing the current linear economic model with a new one that is restorative and regenerative by intention and design. However, while there is common agreement that the transition towards a CE could foster more sustainable futures, there is a lack of discussion about how a truly circular economic system should be organised. Most of the current literature on CE fails to recognise this, presenting the transition towards a CE as a straightforward, neutral, and apolitical process, implicitly characterised by a techno-optimistic and eco-modernist stance.
Within this context, this project calls for opening up a debate to deconstruct the increasingly hegemonic discourse of Circular Economy based on a technocratic approach and reconstruct it by embedding normative and political dimensions, looking at a plurality of plausible CE futures, and discussing their implications in terms of the organisation of production and distribution networks, also involving a wide set of stakeholders. As such, the project will involve a plurality of disciplinary perspectives, in order to devise future supply chain configurations that could be implemented in specific industrial sectors under specific CE scenarios.
A wide array of non-academic beneficiaries ensures that the project will be capable of realising relevant knowledge transfer through secondment mechanisms.
The project includes 10 partners, the coordinator: Universita Degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope, academic partners University of Vigo, Universita Degli Studi di Catania, University of Sevilla, University of Scheffield and non-academic partners CAN Campania, Federco, AAEL, Revertia and ABIS.