Materials to resources: innovating economic agency in a circular economy

Sami Rusthollkarhu, Jarmo Uusikartano

Tutkimustuotos: KonferenssiartikkeliScientificvertaisarvioitu

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Abstrakti

Understanding the circular economy (CE) is vital for sustainable innovation. By realizing cyclic material flows in a market context, CE can prevent environmentally harmful take-make-dispose market-outcomes. However, theoretical endeavors in CE have focused on conceptualizing material flows on a system level without the theoretical understanding of the link between materials and economic activity. This is a detrimental gap, as the CE literature explicitly expresses the aim of linking economic behavior to material flows and their environmental outcomes. We structure this link by theorizing why materials flow in the market by building on the literature in sociology, economics, and marketing. We explain the materials to flow with the process between human and non-human actors, leading to material-resource or material-waste conversions. Based on these conversions, we build a model for materials in economic agency and show why material conversions render the well-established dichotomy of linear and circular flows meaningless in a market context.
AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
OtsikkoProceedings of ISPIM Connects Valencia
AlaotsikkoReconnect, Rediscover, Reimagine
KustantajaLappeenrannan teknillinen yliopisto
Sivumäärä14
ISBN (elektroninen)978-952-335-691-7
TilaJulkaistu - 2021
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa
TapahtumaISPIM Connects Conference - Valencia, Espanja
Kesto: 29 marrask. 20211 jouluk. 2021

Julkaisusarja

NimiLUT Scientific and Expertise Publications : Tutkimusraportit
ISSN (painettu)2243-3376

Conference

ConferenceISPIM Connects Conference
Maa/AlueEspanja
KaupunkiValencia
Ajanjakso29/11/211/12/21

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