Circular Economy has emerged as a leading business and policy approach to transition towards more sustainable societies and economies. However, it has also been contested, as system-wide changes will always involve paradoxes, trade-offs and contradictions. My research engages with the contested realities of circular economy transition pathways, understanding the dynamic interplay between business, civil society and policymakers within wider ecological systems.
Since 2018 I have been one of the Principal Investigators of Tevi, which is a large business engagement programme in Cornwall, helping small and medium-sized enterprises address circular economy and environmental growth challenges www.tevi.co.uk.
I am particularly interested in circular and regenerative approaches in agri-food systems. At Exeter we have established the Circular Food platform to bundle our research and engagement activities in this domain.
Introduction to the special issue on the contested realities of the circular economy
Against wasted politics: A critique of the circular economy