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Resources 2014, 3(3), 516-543; doi:10.3390/resources3030516

Transitions in Theory and Practice: Managing Metals in the Circular Economy

Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) P.O. Box 123 Broadway, NSW 2007, Australia
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Received: 9 December 2013 / Revised: 11 June 2014 / Accepted: 23 June 2014 / Published: 11 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wealth from Waste: Urban Metal Resources and Industrial Ecology)
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Transitioning from current resource management practice dominated by linear economic models of consumption and production, to circular models of resource use, will require insights into the stages and processes associated with socio-technical transitions. This paper is concerned with transitions in practice. It explores two frameworks within the transitions literature—the multi-level perspective and transition management theory—for practical guidance to inform a deliberate transition in practice. The critical futures literature is proposed as a source of tools and methods to be used in conjunction with the transition frameworks to influence and enable transitions in practice. This enhanced practical guidance for initiating action is applied to a specific context—transitioning the Australian metals sector towards a circular economy model. This particular transition case study is relevant because the vision of a circular economy model of resource management is gaining traction internationally, Australia is significant globally as a supplier of finite mineral resources and it will also be used in a collaborative research project on Wealth from Waste to investigate possibilities for the circular economy and metals recycling. View Full-Text
Keywords: transitions; multi-level perspective; transition management; circular economy; metals recycling; critical futures; sustainable futures; Australia transitions; multi-level perspective; transition management; circular economy; metals recycling; critical futures; sustainable futures; Australia
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Jackson, M.; Lederwasch, A.; Giurco, D. Transitions in Theory and Practice: Managing Metals in the Circular Economy. Resources 2014, 3, 516-543.

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