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Social innovation for a circular economy in social housing

Marchesi, Marianna ORCID: and Tweed, Chris ORCID: 2021. Social innovation for a circular economy in social housing. Sustainable Cities and Society 71 , 102925. 10.1016/j.scs.2021.102925

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This study explored how social housing communities can contribute to the transition to a circular economy (CE) in cities. The CE promotes ways for rethinking and reshaping current practices of producing and consuming to enhance resource efficiency while satisfying our needs to enable us to prosper sustainably. Resource efficiency in cities relies on production and consumption patterns that are connected to people behaviours. Up to now, the CE has mainly concentrated on different levels of technological system innovations with limited attention to social practices and behavioural change. On the other side, communities and groups of interest show playing a crucial role in the promotion of sustainable practices through initiatives of social innovation (SI). Through case study analysis and comparison, the project investigated contemporary SI initiatives implemented by urban communities and groups of interest aiming at promoting alternative production-consumption practices. Seven types of SI for resource circularity have been identified. Based on this typology, the study defined potential opportunities, benefits and challenges for social housing communities. These findings also highlighted a complementary role that SI can play in the CE implementation in cities. Therefore, the project suggested the introduction of emerging SI concepts into the current CE approach to support development.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2210-6707
Funders: European Union?s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 April 2021
Date of Acceptance: 6 April 2021
Last Modified: 02 May 2023 13:22

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