The Circular Economy

The Circular Economy

Case Studies about the Transition from the Linear Economy

1st Edition - August 1, 2019

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  • Authors: Mika Sillanpää, Chaker Ncibi
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128152676
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128152683

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The Circular Economy: Case Studies about the Transition from the Linear Economy explores examples of the circular economy in action. Unlike other books that provide narrow perceptions of wide-ranging and highly interconnected paradigms, such as supply chains, recycling, businesses models and waste management, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the circular economy from various perspectives. Its unique insights into the approaches, methods and tools that enable people to make the transformation to a circular economy show how recent research, trends and attitudes have moved beyond the "call to arms" approach to a level of maturity that requires sound scientific thinking.

Key Features

  • Compiles evidence through case studies that illustrate how individuals, organizations, communities and countries are transitioning to a circular economy
  • Provides a theoretical and empirical summary of the circular economy that emphasizes what others are actually doing and planning
  • Highlights achievements from industry, agriculture, forestry, energy, water and other sectors that show how circular principles are applicable, eco-friendly, profitable, and thus sustainable


Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers working on theories and applications associated with economic sustainability

Table of Contents

  • 1. Getting hold of the circular economy concept
    2. Circular economy: Here and now
    3. Accelerating the implementation of circular economy
    4. Circular economy in action: reconciling profitability with sustainability
    5. Sustainable wealth for all nations
    6. Circular economy and sustainable development
    7. Full "circular" ahead

Product details

  • No. of pages: 344
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: August 1, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128152676
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128152683

About the Authors

Mika Sillanpää

Mika Sillanpää is a Professor affiliated to the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering at Aarhus University, as well as King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. He received his M.Sc. (Eng.) and D.Sc. (Eng.) from Aalto University, Finland. Prof. Sillanpää’s publications have been cited over 44,000 times (Google Scholar), and he has received numerous awards for research and innovation. Among these, he is the first Laureate of the Scientific Committee on the Problems of the Environment (SCOPE)’s Young Investigator Award. From 2017 to 2020, he has been listed as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters. In 2018, he was invited to become a Member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters and the Academy of Technical Sciences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Chaker Ncibi

Dr. Chaker Ncibi obtained his PhD in Environmental Engineering in 2008 from the University of Sousse, Tunisia. He pursued his research activities as postdoctoral researcher in France, Guadeloupe, Germany and Finland. Currently, he is Assistant Professor in ‘circular economy in water treatment’ at the Department of Green Chemistry, School of Engineering Science, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland. His teaching and R&D focus areas include circular economy, bioeconomy, sustainability, green chemistry, advanced water and wastewater treatment technologies (adsorption, membrane bioreactor, AOPs and electrochemical processes), resources recovery from municipal and industrial side streams, and the thermochemical conversion of biomass and biowaste into materials, fuels and chemicals. Dr. Ncibi is the principal investigator of many projects, guest editor for several special issues in Elsevier journals, and has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and two books in the broad field of sustainability.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

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