Daniel Guzzo

Project title: A systems approach to modelling Circular Economy transition rebounds within the electronics and ICT industry

Host Institution: Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Host Supervisor: Dr. Daniela Cristina Antelmi Pigosso

Co-host Institution: Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

Co-host Supervisor: Dr.ir. Bob Walrave

Summary project: A Circular Economy (CE) transition is critical to enhance the global use of resources and ensure prosperity within the planetary boundaries. However, researchers and decision-makers still pay little attention to potential rebound effects of transition initiatives, which can undermine their sustainability gains. Rebound effects are unintended consequences of CE actions, which can offset their intended positive impact. Despite growing interest, scholars have yet to identify the underlying mechanisms causing rebound effects in the CE context. In response, this research project aims to resolve “How to model and forecast rebound effects in CE transitions within the EEE industry?”. CE, sustainability, and System Dynamics (SD) modelling and simulation sustain the research. The primary research outcome is a validated process-based framework to proactively identify rebound effects in CE transitions within the EEE industry, complemented by a catalogue of rebound mechanisms to help decision-makers’ identify rebound effects ex-ante and implement design strategies that limit their impact. The European CE Action Plan actions for the EEE industry will guide the empirical investigations and practical recommendations of the project.

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EuroTechPostdoc2 Programme

Within the EuroTechPostdoc2 programme, the universities of the EuroTech Universities Alliance offer seventy Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships to experienced high-potential researchers, in two calls for 35 fellows each. Besides giving the fellows the freedom to establish their own research lines, the programme provides exceptional training opportunities to prepare the fellows for a future as part of the new generation of scientific leaders, within and outside of academia.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 899987.

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