Dear Marshall (and all, in case others also interested),

Thank you for your interest in our session.  I think your paper could make a 
valuable contribution; you would be coming from a much broader economic 
perspective than others, but we are certainly interested in the implications of 
a Circular Economy (CE) for the economy at large.  I will provide a few 
comments of the meaning of CE in context which we are using, so that you can 
consider whether you could/would like to, relate your paper to these ideas. 
(I'd be happy to have further discussion between ourselves - and anyone else 
specifically interested!)

In the EU and China in particular the expression 'Circular Economy' relates to 
policy driven initiatives towards material efficiencies (seeking to maximise 
the economic life-span of materials via recycling, re-use, re-manufacturing, 
eco-design and more).  I.e., the 'circular' refers primarily to flows of 
materials - though the presence of other circuits is noted.  Many of the 
activities involved in a CE are not especially new - industrial ecologists have 
been exploring similar ideas for a few decades.  However, there is a new 
impetus towards material circularities, and a significant increase of interest 
from academics, resulting from the emerging policy attention to the area.

A tiny sample of refs:

Lyons, D.; M. Rice; and R. Wachal. 2009. Circuits of scrap: closed loop 
industrial ecosystems and the geography of US international recyclable material 
flows 1995-2005. Geographical Journal 175:286-300.

Deutz, P. and G. Ioppolo. 2015. From Theory to Practice: Enhancing the 
Potential Policy Impact of Industrial Ecology. Sustainability 7:2259-2273. 

Hobson, K. 2016. Closing the loop or squaring the circle? Locating generative 
spaces for the circular economy. Progress in Human Geography 40:88-104.

Best wishes,

From: Marshall Feldman []
Sent: 13 September 2016 23:46
Subject: Re: AAG 2017 Call: Geography of Circular Economy

Hello Pauline,

I read your CFP with interest, but I'm uncertain whether or not my paper fits. 
I am working on a paper integrating land rent into Marx's circuit of capital. 
Besides discussing land rent and Marx's own treatment (actually non-treatment) 
of the subject, the paper develops a series of system-dynamics simulation 
models containing land rent in its various forms as part of the larger 

Certainly this fits the description "exploring the circular economy." (I 
thought all schools of economics think of economies as circular in one way or 
another.) But the CFP seems solely focused on environmental concerns. My paper 
really has very little to do directly with the environment, per se, and nothing 
explicit about it, although I suppose land rent implicitly has some 
environmental implications. But my concern is really how to think about land 
rent's impact on the larger economy and how the larger economy affects land 
rent, which in turn is related to human, particularly urban, geography.

So, what is your take on this matter?


    Marshall Feldman

On 9/13/16 1:45 PM, Pauline Deutz wrote:
Apologies for cross-postings:

Call for Papers
2017 AAG Annual Meeting (Boston, April 5-9):<>

Going Round in (Perfect) Circles?  Exploring the Circular Economy.
Convenors: Helen Baxter, David Gibbs and Pauline Deutz, Geography, School of 
Environmental Sciences, University of Hull, UK.
The concept of the circular economy has become increasingly popular amongst 
policy makers, major companies and academics as a means to reconcile economic 
development with environmental concerns.  As the name suggests, the aim is to 
move away from linear to circular systems of production and consumption.  
Recent initiatives include the EU's Closing the Loop - Action Plan for the 
Circular Economy which aims to develop a "sustainable, low carbon, resource 
efficient and competitive transform and generate new and 
sustainable competitive advantages for Europe" and the Chinese government's 
Circular Economy Promotion Law.
Although the development of a circular economy has the potential to alter 
existing economic trajectories in ways that are more favourable to the 
environment, the concept has been increasingly subject to critical evaluation.  
Some commentators see the circular economy as yet another manifestation of 
ecological modernisation, whereby technological change and appropriate 
environmental management techniques are deemed sufficient to address global 
environmental concerns.  Thus "little has been said about the socio-political 
implications and possibilities for shifting current 
production-consumption-use-waste practices" (Hobson, 2016: 89), nor about the 
realities of the "messy world" of the circular economy beyond the 'perfect 
circles' of materials and waste envisaged by policy makers (Gregson et al., 
2015).  As with its predecessor concepts of industrial ecology and industrial 
symbiosis, the reality of implementation may be a long way from the neat 
conceptualisations envisaged in the world of policy documents and websites. 
Moreover, individual product and material cycles cannot be understood in 
isolation, but need to be viewed as part of a wider system influenced by both 
the individual elements at work and the context in which they operate.  Life 
cycle thinking and systems thinking can provide a useful entry point into 
understanding these contexts in order to comprehend the way in which individual 
elements can impact upon evolution and promotion of a circular economy.
The aim of this session is to bring together researchers approaching the 
concept of a circular economy from a wide range of perspectives in order to 
further understanding of the barriers to and implications of implementation.  
We invite a wide range of contributions from those concerned with, and 
researching into, the circular economy, the green economy, systems analysis, 
life cycle analysis, degrowth and alternative economy scenarios.  We would 
welcome contributions addressing related issues including, but not limited to, 
following questions:

*         What are the barriers to developing a circular economy beyond the 
dominant focus on the technological aspects of resource and material flow 
management?  In particular, what are the institutional and regulatory barriers 
to change?

*         What are the alternatives to a circular economy policy that focuses 
on improving technical efficiency without questioning current business and 
economic growth models?  Are there alternative circular economy practices that 
align with other conceptualisations of production and growth, such as degrowth?

*         What shifts in routines and practices are required to develop a 
circular economy and how can these be conceptualised?  For example, how do 
various business and policy actors change their routines?  Can we see the 
development of 'communities of practice' around circular economy initiatives?

*         What are the broader socio-political implications of a circular 
economy agenda?  Which forms of governance can encourage or facilitate the 
circular economy?  What is the role of individuals and regulatory structures?

*         The circular economy envisages the world as a set of interwoven 
systems, but how does a systems approach alter our perspective view of the 
economy and how do changes in one part of the system impact upon other areas?

*         How can methodologies such as life cycle sustainability assessment be 
used most effectively to communicate the benefits and impacts of the circular 
economy to all sectors of society including decision and policy makers?
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words for consideration for 
inclusion in the session by October 7th via email to Helen Baxter 
(<>), David Gibbs 
(<>) or Pauline Deutz 
(<>).  Participants will be notified 
by October 17th if their paper has been accepted and will then need to register 
for the conference and provide their PIN to the organisers by October 24th in 
order to be included in the panel.
Details about the AAG 2017 Conference and how to register/submit an abstract 
are available here -<>

Dr. Pauline Deutz
Geography, School of Environmental Sciences
University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX UK<>

International Perspectives on Industrial Ecology Edited Deutz, Lyons and Bi 

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