Circular Economy: An Introduction

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Our global society is not sustainable. We all know about the challenges we’re facing: waste, climate change, resource scarcity, loss of biodiversity. At the same time, we want to sustain our economies and offer opportunities for a growing world population. This course is about providing solutions we really believe in: a Circular Economy.

In this course we explore the Circular Economy: how businesses can create value by reusing and recycling products, how designers can come up with amazingly clever solutions, and how you can contribute to make the Circular Economy happen.

You will learn to re-think the economic system you’re experiencing every day, and act upon it. Be a leader in this major paradigm shift! Shape a more circular future together with our global network.

The course is led by TU Delft and co-created with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability.

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Ken Webster
Ken Webster

Ken Webster is Head of Innovation at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in the UK. He is the author of The Circular Economy A Wealth of Flows (EMF May 2015) and Sense and Sustainability (Terra Preta 2009) His background is in economics and business education and education for sustainability. He is Honorary Teaching Fellow at the University of Bradford's School of Management and a major contributor to their MBA Enterprise, Innovation and the Circular Economy. He joined the Foundation in 2010.

Conny Bakker
Conny Bakker

Dr. Conny Bakker is professor of Design Methodology for Sustainability and Circular Economy at the TU Delft, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, where she coordinates and teaches several courses in Sustainable Design and Circular Product Design. Her research field is Design for the Circular Economy, in particular the design and development of products that are used more than once (i.e. that have multiple lifecycles). It explores strategies such as product life-extension, reuse, remanufacturing and recycling, and the business models that enable these strategies. A second research interest is the field of user centred sustainable design, which focuses on exploring the relationships between consumer behaviour, sustainability and design.

David Peck
David Peck

Associate Professor, David Peck, researches and teaches in the field of circular built environment and critical materials, based in the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft. He is a founding member of the Circular Built Environment Hub, which connects to BauHow5 and Ellen MacArthur Foundation networks.

David is also an Honorary Associate Professor at University College London – The Bartlett and an adjunct Professor at MIP Politecnico di Milano, Graduate School of Business. David works with ad hoc committees in the EU, Brussels.

Ester van der Voet
Ester van der Voet

Ester van der Voet is employed as an Associate Professor by Leiden University at the Department Industrial Ecology of the Institute of Environmental Sciences, CML. Within the field of Industrial Ecology, she specialises in methodology development: life-cycle assessment, material flow analysis, substance flow analysis, natural resource accounting, and indicator development. These methodologies she applies to in different topical areas, especially within the bio-based economy and in metals and the circular economy. She has initiated two MSc programs in Industrial Ecology: a program between Leiden University and TU Delft, and an international program of Leiden, Delft, Graz University and Chalmers University in Sweden. She has conducted many research projects for the EU and in other international consortia. She is a member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel.

Erwin van der Laan
Erwin van der Laan

Dr. Erwin van der Laan is associate professor of Logistics and Operations Management at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Erwin teaches a dedicated course on closed loop supply chain management in the MSc Supply Chain Management at RSM and in the MSc Industrial Ecology, which is jointly coordinated by Leiden University and Delft University of Technology. His research focuses on value creation though closed loop supply chain management, in particular by designing and optimizing operations management processes. Erwin is scientific director of the closed loop supply chain center at RSM.