Circular Economy

Course Information:

Course ID: B-210
Type of Course: Specialization A: Elective
  Specialization B: Required
Semester: Spring

Instructor: Assistant Professor A. Stefanakis

Recommended Reading:

  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation, “Towards the Circular Economy: Economic and Business Rationale for an Accelerated Transition,” 2013. Executive Summary.
  • A. Wijkman and        K. Skanberg, “The Circular Economy and Benefits for Society,” Sections 2 and 4, 2015
  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation, “Completing the picture – How the Circular Economy tackles climate change”, September 2019.
  • Lieder, M., & Rashid, A. (2016). Towards circular economy implementation: a comprehensive review in context of manufacturing industry. Journal of Cleaner Production, 115, 36-51.



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Course objectives:

The course aims to present and analyze the basic principles and concept of Circular Economy. As a relatively new paradigm of economic development, Circular Economy as a concept is rapidly growing. The course will show how Circular Economy can be applied in practice, in which disciplines and areas, and the opportunities that provides for multi- and interdisciplinary collaboration. The course also aims at supporting the participant to carry out or reflect upon her/his research and study with a transdisciplinary approach.


1st Week Introduction to the Circular Economy – Class Overview
2nd Week: Sustainable growth and Circular Economy
3rd Week Circular Economy Principles
4th Week Waste and Systems-Level Thinking
5th Week Enterprise Environmental Performance - Environmental Management Systems (Part I)
6th Week: Green Entrepreneurship & Financing
7th Week: Environmental Management & Policy
8th Week: Enterprise Environmental Performance - Environmental Management Systems (Part II)
9th Week: Enterprise Environmental Performance & Environmental Practices
10th Week: Material and Product Design
11th Week: Environmental Quality Assurance Techniques
12th Week: Circular Economy at the Urban and Regional Level - Case Studies
13th Week: Presentations

Assessment method:

  • Project (100%)

Last modification: 14-02-2020