3rd Symposium on Circular Economy and Sustainability

3rd Symposium on Circular Economy and Sustainability Chania: Call for Papers

There is considerable discussion in policy forums regarding the transition from the traditional linear to a circular economic approach. Today, the circular flow of income shows financial and non-financial interrelations between economic agents (e.g. firms, households and state) and the natural environment through green GDP and satellite accounts. Efforts have focused on eliminating waste production from these agents without allowing for the new opportunities arising from waste production.

Hindering both this transition and the identification of new opportunities is the interdependence of individual companies and other micro and macro markets that also need to be redesigned along circular principles. These markets need revisiting even in organised entities like eco-clusters, eco-industrial parks and any other ecological symbiosis of businesses where waste streams from economic activities provide primary resources for other economic activities. These emerging markets face several economic, social, legal and administrative barriers and opportunities.

This Symposium provides an opportunity for those interested in any level of circular economy and sustainability applications, from individual businesses or industrial zones to national, international or global policies that will allow for the effective application of circular economy principles geared towards achieving sustainable development.

Researchers, practitioners and entrepreneurs are invited to submit both empirical and theoretical papers that are broadly consistent with any of the Symposium’s special topics. One ultimate goal will be to encourage researchers to examine the concepts of the circular economy from a holistic approach. A major innovation of this Symposium is that it bridges engineering, management and economic knowledge to support the effective advance of circular and sustainability principles, pooling theoretical, practical, applied and managerial knowledge to produce efficient policies.

This interdisciplinary event will be supported by the School of Production Engineering and Management of the Technical University of Crete, the Department of Economics and Sustainable Development of the Harokopio University of Athens, the Department of Environmental Engineering of the Democritus University of Thrace, the International Network for Economic Research (INFER), the Hellenic Association for Energy Economics (HAEE) and the Region of Crete.


  • Blockchain and circular economy
  • Circular business models
  • Circular design
  • Circular economy and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS)
  • Circular economy at macro, meso and micro level
  • Circular innovation and investments
  • Circular materials and product flows
  • Circular procurement policies
  • Circular supply chain
  • Management education for circularity and sustainability
  • Energy efficiency and clean energy
  • Energy from waste
  • Energy production and management
  • Energy storage
  • Entrepreneurship and markets for secondary materials
  • Green accounting
  • Green public procurement
  • Heterodox economics for circular economy
  • Industry 4.0 and circular economy
  • Integrated waste management
  • Legal framework for circular economy
  • Legislative barriers to by-product use
  • Political-economic theories for circular economy
  • Public awareness of byproducts
  • Recycling and reuse policies
  • Regional circular economy
  • Resource efficiency
  • Resource value optimisation
  • Smart buildings and cities
  • Sustainable economic growth
  • Sustainable production and consumption
  • Zero waste management

Please see here for further details about submitting papers.