Transitioning To Circular Supply Chains: A Multi-level Perspective Approach
Coventry University, UK (CU) and Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia (ITB) are inviting applications from suitably qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship to research the transitioning to Circular Supply Chains with a Multi-level Perspective Approach.
A circular economy is seen as a response to improving the efficiency of the global limited resources of our current linear system. Although improving the circularity of the products is needed, there is a lack of discussion about what are the social, material, policy and economic implications, and environmental capacity needed to produce this transformation.
Recent research has discussed various efforts to potentially close resource loops and promote circular supply chains, which subsequently creates a critical pathway to environmental sustainability. However, research predominantly focuses on technical and practical questions for specific sectors. Effectively applying the concepts of circular solutions in a holistic way beyond traditional isolated applications of resource recovery and efficiency (e.g., energy, waste, water), requires concerted efforts. Indeed, a change in the system’s perceptions from isolated supply chains to networks of supply chains and multi-level actors is needed. In this context, the concepts of 'transition' are crucial behind this transformation.