How can design science contribute to a circular economy?

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Circular Economy is increasingly seen as a key approach to operationalising goals and supporting the transition to a sustainable society by enhancing competitiveness and economic growth. Creating a Circular Economy requires fundamental changes throughout the value chain, from innovation, product design and production processes all the way to end of life, new business models and consumption patterns. This paper explores how design science can support the transition from the traditional linear 'take-make-consume-dispose' approach, to a Circular Economy. By means of a systematic literature review, this paper discusses the role of a set of design topics in this transition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) : Design for X, Design to X
EditorsAnja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
PublisherDesign Society
Publication date2017
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-904670-93-3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event21th International Conference on Engineering Design - The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Aug 201725 Aug 2017


Conference21th International Conference on Engineering Design
LocationThe University of British Columbia
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