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19 July 2022

A new collaborative project on sustainable and circular economy is underway

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This summer we started the project “INSCE – Interdisciplinary networking for a sustainable and circular economy“. Our goal is to foster cooperation and co-creation in the field of circular economy among ECIU universities, as well as to share experiences and broaden the knowledge of academic and research staff. To do so, we plan to hold a series of workshops and discussions on the challenges of implementing the circular economy and how circular business models differ, work and develop in various institutional settings. The workshops and debates will allow the creation of a map of joint and thematic experiences to identify synergies for future cooperation in research and teaching projects. The project has a duration of 12 months.

The project coordinator is the School of Economics and Business of Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania). The partners are the Department of Management and Engineering of Linköping University (Sweden), the Unit of Industrial Engineering and Management of Tampere University (Finland) and the group in Sustainability and Environmental Prevention (Sostenipra) of ICTA-UAB. We also collaborate with non-academic partners such as the municipality of Kaunas, as well as companies from the textile, wind power and renewable chemicals sectors.

The INSCE project is funded by the University Research Institute for Smart European Regions (SMART-ER), the first research center of the ECIU consortium of European universities. SMART-ER is a partnership in research, innovation and education that enables all ECIU member universities to jointly address complex societal challenges under Sustainable Development Goal 11: making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

For more information about this project, you can contact: laura.talens@uab.cat