232 pages | 21 B/W Illus.
The circular economy is a policy approach and business strategy that aims to improve resource productivity, promote sustainable consumption and production and reduce environmental impacts. This book examines the relevance of the circular economy in the context of developing countries, something which to date is little understood.
This volume highlights examples of circular economy practices in developing country contexts in relation to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), informal sector recycling and national policy approaches. It examines a broad range of case studies, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, and Thailand, and illustrates how the circular economy can be used as a new lens and possible solution to cross-cutting development issues of pollution and waste, employment, health, urbanisation and green industrialisation. In addition to more technical and policy oriented contributions, the book also critically discusses existing narratives and pathways of the circular economy in the global North and South, and how these differ or possibly even conflict with each other. Finally, the book critically examines under what conditions the circular economy will be able to reduce global inequalities and promote human development in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Presenting a unique social sciences perspective on the circular economy discourse, this book is relevant to students and scholars studying sustainability in economics, business studies, environmental politics and development studies.
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Part: 1 Introduction
1. Sustainable lifestyles, livelihoods and the circular economy
Patrick Schröder, Manisha Anantharaman, Kartika Anggraeni, Tim Foxon and Jeffrey Barber
Part 2: Narratives and politics of waste and the circular economy in the Global South
2. The many circuits of a circular economy
Ashish Chaturvedi, Jai Kumar Gaurav and Pragya Gupta
3. The politics of marine plastics pollution
Patrick Schröder and Victoria Chillcott
4. Circular economy and inclusion of informal waste pickers: political economy perspectives from India and Brazil
Patricia Noble Gonzalez
5. The role of women in upcycling initiatives in Jakarta, Indonesia: A case for the circular economy in a developing country
Part 3: Policy frameworks and green industrial development approaches
6. The Argentinean Zero Waste Framework: implementation gaps and over-sight of reusable menstrual management technologies
Jacqueline Gaybor and Henry Chavez
7. Assessment of the Circular Economy Transition Readiness at a National Level: The Colombian Case
Claudia Garcia and Steve Cayzer
8. Promoting Industrial Symbiosis in China’s Industrial Parks as a Circular Economy Strategy: The Experience of the TEDA Eco Centre
An Chen, Yuyan Song and Kartika Anggraeni
9. Accelerating the Transition to a Circular Economy in Africa: case studies from Kenya and South Africa
Peter Desmond and Milcah Asamba
Part 4: Livelihoods and traditional circular economy practices
10. Securing nutrition through the revival of circular lifestyles: A case study of endogenous rural communities in Rajasthan
Deepak Sharma and Jayesh Joshi
11. Contesting thoughts and attitudes to ‘Sufficiency’: Organic farming in an urbanised village in Thailand
Part 5: Conclusion and Outlook: Circular economy approaches for the Sustainable Development Goals
12. Which pathways lead towards an inclusive circular economy?
Patrick Schroeder, Manisha Anantharaman, Kartika Anggraeni, Tim Foxon
This book series addresses core challenges around linking science and technology and environmental sustainability with poverty reduction and social justice. It is based on the work of the Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre, a major investment of the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The STEPS Centre brings together researchers at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) at the University of Sussex with a set of partner institutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Ian Scoones and Andy Stirling - STEPS Centre at the University of Sussex
Editorial Advisory Board:
Steve Bass, Wiebe E. Bijker, Victor Galaz, Wenzel Geissler, Katherine Homewood, Sheila Jasanoff, Melissa Leach, Colin McInnes, Suman Sahai, Andrew Scott