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How sustainable is the circular economy?

This lecture will be delivered by Dr Pauline Deutz from University of Hull on Tuesday 26th February 2019.

An alternative to the traditional linear ‘make, use and dispose’ model, a circular economy aims to use resources for as long as possible then dispose of these responsibly, reuse them or recycle the materials. Developing a circular economy has become a major policy initiative in the EU, and also the UK. As with other green economy initiatives, there is an explicit assumption that implementing circular economy initiatives would bring economic advantage – not only to business, but also to places. However, little is known about the sustainability implications of a circular economy, i.e., what are the economic, environmental and social implications of the diverse range of activities which are promoted as part of the drive to circularity. This talk will draw on the ideas behind a recently funded project which is addressing these issues, as well as providing some context from previous research. In particular, it will consider the challenges associated with the recovery of high value components from bulk residues.

Dr. Pauline Deutz is a Reader in the Department of Geography, Geology and Environment at the University of Hull. Following on from a multi-disciplinary training, with degrees in Geography and Geology, Pauline’s research takes an interdisciplinary social science approach to the co-ordination of environmental issues with other priorities. Examples include: incorporation of industrial ecology principles into economic development & waste management; integration of eco-design in product design; building the capacity for sustainability in waste management. Currently she leading a Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie PhD training network, Cresting http://cresting.hull.ac.uk/ The project will look at, among other things, to what extent circular economy practices are already occurring in the public and private sectors and what the environmental, social and economic implications of developing a circular economy are, and the extent to which the suitability of practices is dependent on geographic context. From Jan 1 2019, she will be the President of the International Sustainable Development Research Society.

Registration will open at 8.00am with tea and coffee available, the seminar will start at 8.30am.

This event is FREE to attend but all delegates must register in advance.

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