Special Issue "Circular Economy in the COVID-19 Era"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Jouni Korhonen
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Guest Editor
Department of Sustainable Production Development and [email protected] Initiative, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: industrial ecology; cleaner production; ecological economics
Dr. Juha-Pekka Snäkin
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Guest Editor
School of Arctic Natural Resources and Economy, Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Future Bioeconomy Expertise Group, Rovaniemi, Finland
Interests: industrial ecology; ecological economics; material flow and energy analyses

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The existing COVID-19 situation has changed the world, the basic meaning of sustainability, and sustainable development work. This immense challenge must be seen as an opportunity for all scientists in all disciplines and areas of research to work together to respond to the challenge caused by human intervention into natural ecosystems. In this new Special Issue, the aim is to address three dimensions of sustainability in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary manner. The adopted perspective is that of Circular Economy (CE).

COVID-19 has radically changed the economy of the world, e.g., as of today, an approximate 25% rate of unemployment is projected in the US. COVID-19 has fundamentally transformed the social dimension of sustainability or the discussion concerning it, e.g., a massive hunger crisis in Africa is predicted as we are writing this particular call for papers (April 22, 2020). Additionally, of course .when considering the environmental dimension, radical emission reductions in many places around the world due to economic shutdown are a paradoxical fact.

Prof. Dr. Jouni Korhonen
Dr. Juha-Pekka Snäkin
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Circular economy in the COVID-19 era
  • Circular economy and the economic dimension of sustainability in the COVID-19 era
  • Circular economy and the environmental dimension of sustainability in the COVID-19 era
  • Circular economy and the social dimension of sustainability in the COVID-19 era
  • Climate change mitigation in the COVID-19 era

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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