Activities Autumn 2021  
The starting points for IS4CE's next conference, (2022) are collaboration, inclusiveness and systems thinking in an emerging era of circular economy. We hereby invite you to join us on a collaborative journey. 

The circular economy, although variously interpreted, is undoubtedly centred on systemic relationships: it could not be otherwise in systems where feedback dominates. Taking a cue from systems means designing eco-effective and not just eco-efficient approaches. It means working at different scales towards socio-technical transformation which meets the aspirations of sustainable well-being.

To energise the journey, we will organize a series of workshops and seminars. The ambition within this programme is to support you in developing ideas and knowledge and stimulate co-creation with actors that bring in additional value – or indeed values – to your original ideas. Our overall aim is increased collaboration and to generate more system wide solutions and create rich avenues for research. 

Upcoming IS4CE dates and events 

2nd November  (15.30 - 16.30)  UK time Critiques of a Circular Economy

In the  recent paper Critiques of a Circular Economy the authors suggest that

“the circular economy has diffused limits, unclear theoretical grounds, and its implementation faces structural obstacles. Circular economy is based on an ideological agenda dominated by technical and economic accounts…”

Meet Alison Stowell and Hervé Corvellec online Nov 2nd at 15.30 UK time where they will make their case and lead into what looks like being a lively discussion. Ken Webster is chairing the event on the IS4CE platform.

Topic: IS4CE Critiques of a Circular Economy Webinar

Time: Nov 2, 2021 03:30 PM London

 Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 849 4396 3074

Passcode: 532128

Building the Network - Call for Volunteers 

IS4CE is establishing working groups to further activity within a number of key arenas. If members wish to put themselves forward to help shape and deliver IS4CE programmes please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before April 30 th. The key working groups at this stage are:

  Conferences and Events
•  Social Media and Communications
  Membership Support and Adminstration (Secretariat) including Technical support for website
  Ideation/ Special Interest Groups
  Knowledge sharing/Education and Training 

The expectation will be that working groups will be action orientated and limited to approximately 6 members for ease of working. 
A special someone is invited to manage the networking and liaison between administration and working groups and the temporary board.

Ken Webster Director of the IS4CE (2020-21)

Special Issue of Circular Economy and Sustainability.

Special Issue of Circular Economy and Sustainability.

Check the Journal website for updates. Online and open access items are available now


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Important Dates

Join the International Society for the Circular Economy

Key objectives:

  • continue to refine the contemporary scientific theory and evidence base of circular economy in tandem with the research-education-business nexus;
  • provide a network to connect and convene higher education globally to stimulate new research and educational initiatives;
  • share significant findings through high quality research publications, conferences and mainstream media
  • promote educational offerings to business, government, academics and other stakeholders