Network Governance and Circular Economy Hubs: The power of network governance for a successful circular transformation. Transition brokers, Circular Economy Hubs & Networks – message from the ground

Start/End date
Brussels (online)
Discussed key areas
Coordination Group activity type

This workshop aims to better understand the key ingredients for the successful circular transformation as well as the definition of the optimal profile of the transition broker:

  1. Competencies
  2. Added value for the client
  3. Financial compensation for this kind of service
  4. Contribution to the Green Recovery process on national and EU level, as well as to the creation of new circular economy jobs strongly promoted by the Green Deal. Orchestration is needed to bridge top-down and bottom-up approach and bring system change from theory to practice.

Points of discussion:

  • Circular economy hubs - how they operate, what is their main role, what are the barriers they are facing (based on the questionnaire distributed in 2021)
  • Brief introduction of network governance and transition brokers - "what is in it" for different stakeholders
  • An overview of the international survey and a sneak preview of the newly published book by Professor Cramer
  • A collection of ideas on how to strengthen the power of circular hubs - priority topics, joint projects, an overview of events, available financial resources, knowledge & competencies needed
  • Ideation on what the optimal profile of the transition broker would look like
  • Conclusions and key take-aways.


  • Ladeja Godina Košir – Founder and Director Circular Change - introduction / moderator, Circular Change
  • Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Cramer - Utrecht University, Member of the Amsterdam Economic Board, Board Chair of Holland Circular Hotspot and former Dutch Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment 
  • Darja Figelj - General Manager, Interseroh d.o.o - Circular value chains and the value of Transition Brokers for a succesful circular transformation
  • Arthur ten Wolde - Ecopreneur 
  • Shadow Chen - Circular Taiwan 
  • Claire Downey - Rediscovery Centre
  • Sarah Miller - Rediscovery Centre 

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Meeting minutes

Workshop report 1D - Network Governance