Special Issue "Industrial Ecology and Innovation"
A special issue of Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019).
Industrial Ecology (IE) is as a broad and interdisciplinary field of research, focused on environmental, economic and social improvements in production and consumption activities. It proposes theoretical approaches, organization and management strategies, and government policies aimed to ensure environmental safeguards and quality of life. Innovation studies concern the nature and dynamics of changes that characterize the economic world, focusing on the capacities and limitations of innovations to achieve socio-economic transformations.
It is now recognized that the two concepts are intrinsically related. As early as 2008, Green and Randles, in their book entitled “Industrial Ecology and Spaces of Innovation”  brought to light such a close proximity and the potential arising from their joint investigation. According to the authors, innovation studies should consider how innovations transform socio-economic systems (including those changes involving natural environment), while IE should shape socio-economic systems “metaphorically” as ecological systems, through a set of concepts and techniques that include technological and organisational innovations. They also acknowledge that, despite innovation is central to achieving sustainable production and consumption, studies on innovation were not systematically engaged in the IE community at that time.
Ten years later, important progresses have been made and IE and Innovation can offer very powerful opportunities to design a new paradigm of sustainability, especially in the recent framework of Circular Economy, considering both the origins (from individual initiatives, to companies and sectors, up to systems of innovation), the applicative contexts (from products to processes, supply chains and the whole economic system) and the conceptual declinations (eco-innovation, systemic innovations, etc.) of the phenomenon.
All submissions will be free of charge once accepted.
1. Green, K.; Randles, S. At the interface of innovation studies and industrial ecology. In Industrial Ecology and Spaces of Innovation; Green, K., Randles, S., Eds.; Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK, 2002.
Dr. Raffaella Taddeo
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- Circular Economy
- Green Economy
- Technological Innovation for Industrial Ecology
- Social Innovation for Industrial Ecology
- Systemic Innovation
- Eco-Industrial Development
- Industrial Symbiosis