Recently, there has been an increasing interest in circularity as part of economic development. A circular economy has been referred as an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative by intention and design. It targets a series of actors in the city and beyond and unfolds the perspective of economic gains. At its core, it aims at closing linear material flows to facilitate the long terms use of products and activities. Furthermore, it advocates for a new economic system where products or services ownership would be replaced by renting and sharing models. It is an emerging industry couples of different (multi-scalar) systems, from finance, education, politics to industrial processes and production networks with an aim to reduce waste. In this paper, we explore how multiple actors play in (de-)legitimizing circular economy as part of an emerging industry. Based on our case studies, we explore multi-scalar institutional arrangements that are required towards creating new industrial paths. This will enable us to think what kind of institutional work is necessary to understand the multi-scalar interaction (and conflict) between (local) circular area development and (regional/global) functioning circular areas.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventRegional Studies Association Annual Conference 2019: Pushing Regions beyond their Borders - University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Duration: 4 Jun 20197 Jun 2019


ConferenceRegional Studies Association Annual Conference 2019
CitySantiago de Compostela
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    Research areas

  • Circular economy, Area development

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