A Look into Circular Economy Research: Exploring the Bio and Techno Cycles and the Need for Dual Circularity

Julija Metic*, Tim C. McAloone, Daniela C. A. Pigosso

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This study undertakes a systematic analysis of literature within Circular Economy (CE) in an industrial perspective, with a focus on understanding the consideration of the biological and technological cycles, as well as dual circularity. The paper articulates the key research differences, gaps and trends on the basis of publication evolution, key subject areas, influential journals and keywords cooccurrence mapping. The analysis shows the increasing publication trend with dominance of
technological cycle and a wide variety of subject areas incorporated in CE biological, technological and dual cycles. Due to the multidisciplinary and transversal nature of CE, as well as its diverse interpretation and applications, an expansion and consolidation of the subject areas and journals are expected in the years to come. Analysis of co-occurrence on the authors' keywords underlined a limited focus of a business perspective research within the biological cycle, heterogeneous and
proactive technological cycle but fragmented research on dual circularity. Further analysis of synergies and limitations is necessary to enhance business effectiveness towards enhanced sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Design Society
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event23rd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED21) - Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 16 Aug 202120 Aug 2021


Conference23rd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED21)
LocationChalmers University of Technology

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  • Circular economy
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation
  • Business models and considerations
  • Multi- / Cross- / Trans-disciplinary processes


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