Industry and Innovation would like to invite you to submit an article for our upcoming special issue on "Innovation Ecosystems for a Circular Economy".
The adverse effects of climate change and biodiversity loss call for urgent actions to reduce the environmental burden of human actions. In this context, the Circular Economy (CE) paradigm has been proposed as a promising framework to overcome the limitations of the current 'linear' production-consumption model, and to achieve the decoupling of economic development from finite resources through the introduction of closed resource loops. Making the transition to a CE where materials and resources are kept in use can reduce the extraction of new raw materials and at the same time reduce the waste and emissions from discharging used material. Hence, the CE transition towards using closed material loops can be part of the solution to create a more sustainable future.
The objective of this special issue is to stimulate the debate about the interplay between the transition to the CE paradigm and the dynamics of innovation adoption and generation in organizations, regions, and countries both from an open (global) innovation perspective and from a regional ecosystem viewpoint. It also aims at drawing academic and policy-relevant insights in relation to the implementation and relevant consequences of the CE transition at the economic, social, and local/global levels of analysis.
We encourage submissions that address the following topics, but not limited to:
Determinants and Enablers
· The nature of interactions and partnerships between firms, universities, institutions, and different intermediaries, in enabling the CE
· Open innovations and (intra- and inter-firm) organizational challenges
· Global dynamics and international spillovers for enabling the CE transition
· The role of national industrial policies and public procurement for innovation-driven CE transition
· Reconfiguring supply chains for enabling the CE transition through digital innovations e.g. digital passports, traceability, data-sharing incentivization, and digital platforms
· Understanding the enablers of CE business models (including technology, finance, policy, regulation, partnering configurations, and culture)
· The heterogeneity of CE adoption patterns across industries, countries, and actors
· The implementation of new CE-related innovations based on science and technology
· The role of different actors in innovation ecosystems in implementing CE innovations
Economic, Social, and geographical consequences of the CE transition
· The impact of CE innovations on closing resource loops
· The knowledge base of the CE and the related changes in education programs
· The impact of CE on employment, skill requirement, skill reconfiguration, and wage differentials
Special issue editors: Lucia Piscitello, Francesco Quatraro, Einar Rasmussen & Jagjit Singh Srai
Submission deadline: 30 January 2024
Contact details and full call: Industry and Innovation: Innovation Ecosystems for a Circular Economy
Alessandra Perri and Vera Rocha
Co-Editors-in-Chief, Industry and Innovation
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