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The limits of the loops: critical environmental politics and the Circular Economy

Hobson, Kersty ORCID: 2021. The limits of the loops: critical environmental politics and the Circular Economy. Environmental Politics 30 (1-2) , pp. 161-179. 10.1080/09644016.2020.1816052

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Circular Economy (CE) is now a key governance framework that aims to reconfigure how value is extracted from resources. Despite its widespread uptake, CE commentary to date tends towards descriptive and/or celebratory. In response, in this paper I outline some ways that environmental politics researchers have much to contribute to CE research, arguing that current examples of CE policies and practices potentially accelerate resource use into this century. A key weakness is how proponents frame us all as particular forms of ‘user-consumers’. Such framings fail to account for what is at stake for all of us as part of the CE project: and I conclude this paper by posing several key research questions, to encourage more critical environmental politics research on and around issues of CE.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0964-4016
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 September 2020
Date of Acceptance: 24 August 2020
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 21:56

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