– Bibliography compiled by Dr David Ness, School of Natural and Built Environments 13 July 2017
The modern view of a circular economy differs from the past. It has started in the second half of the 20th Century and is a case for the simultaneous and uncorrelated emergence of an idea
Surprise! I am at my desk and your email asking me about an eventual independent “peer review” on the current state of science and accomplishment under the heading of Circular Economy arrived moments ago and is staring at me. In fact I was at a conference on just this topic in another country, which was OK, except that I could have given virtually all the talks myself.
I didn’t learn very much, which was disappointing. Waste of time, except it got me thinking more about one aspect of the circularity problem. In brief, most of the elements in the periodic table are now “in play”, and most of them are really “hitch-hikers” obtained from the ores of major industrial metals (copper, zinc, aluminum etc.).
The LDnet has compiled a very useful Bibliography on Circular Economy and Local Development at https://ldnet.eu/circular-economy-and-local-development/. It identifies 45 carefully selected references and in each case with the corresponding URL reference. Very helpful.
But they are far from the only ones that treat our topic, as you will see if you pop — “circular economy” bibliography — into Google, which reports more than 130,000 eventual references. (Ouch!)
It is obviously impossible in three short days, even of eight hard hours each, that the members of our seminar can become familiar with the long list of concepts which follow (and which of course do not even start to empty out the full vocabulary which is necessary to master in order to move from observer to actor on the sustainable development scene). However the list gives us a good starting point and during the course of the lectures and discussions every effort will be made to introduce and discuss a number of these terms.
The term paper is the heart of the course and the learning process behind it. We ask you to start organizing your thinking on this even before you come into the seminar the first time on Thursday morning. The present website is content rich and sets out a number of clues and ideas for this that we hope you may find useful.
And to the extent that this is agreeable to you, we would like to ask you at the very least to consider having at least some of the report dealing with ideas concerning the relationship between sustainable development and the problems, attitudes and opportunities within your own country. For example . . .
Let’s see if this can help you catch up on this lasts stages of your work and learning experience on our challenging topic. Let’s start if we can all see where things stand with the course today.
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