Circular economy : A new research field?
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|Journal / Publication||Journal of Industrial Ecology|
|Publication status||Online published - 28 Jul 2023|
|Link to Scopus||https://www.scopus.com/record/display.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85165987617&origin=recordpage|
Action to pursue the circular economy (CE) transition is burgeoning in the government and the private sector. Does this action signal that CE is a distinct field of research with a unique disciplinary identity? This article argues that CE has reached field status, through its own epistemic communities characterized by increasingly shared methodological perspectives and normative ideals, and through institutionalized knowledge development through research journals and authority structures. The recent growth of CE research points toward more contextualized and nuanced operationalizations of the concept, evidence that the field is approaching a threshold state of maturity. Drawing on observations from academic literature and discussions with researchers and experts, we trace the process by which CE has arrived at the status of a field. The article concludes with reflections on research directions. © 2023 The Authors. Journal of Industrial Ecology published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of International Society for Industrial Ecology.
- academia, applied research, circular economy, environmental policy, industrial ecology, sustainability