Local translations of the CE concept

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Scientists, policy makers and entrepreneurs have been struggling for years with the question how we can realise a sustainable and resistant economy. In context of contemporary issues on e.g. resource scarcity, population growth, environmental pollution and the stability of our financial and economic system, a transition towards a more sustainable economic system seems to be indispensable. Yet, there are pioneers who go their own way and break with the dominant linear economic structures. In working on our aspiration of a sustainable and resistant future, we are driven by concepts which represent our desire. These concepts act as guidance in achieving our desire and could eventually result in actual business and policy initiatives. Different concepts gained attention over the last years. At this moment, circular economy [CE] is a popular discourse in both academic and societal debates. In the interaction between the CE concept and practice, business initiatives emerge that contribute to achieving the aspiration of a sustainable and resistant future. This research explores how four actual business initiatives are conceived and developed as a local translation of the CE concept. Therefore, a qualitative research strategy is used for mapping the drivers behind the development of CE business initiatives in light of the interaction between concepts, practices and governance.
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