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Special Issue "Circular Economy in the Service Sector: Current Situation and Future Perspectives"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Llorenç Bagur-Femenías
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Guest Editor
Barcelona School of Management, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: corporate social responsibility; environmental management; quality practices; sustainability; hospitality; service business; tourism; circular economy; management accounting; competitiveness; profitability
Dr. Jordi Perramon
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Guest Editor
Barcelona School of Management, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: corporate social responsibility; environmental management; quality practices; sustainability; hospitality; service business; tourism; circular economy; management accounting; competitiveness; profitability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Using the scarce resources of the planet efficiently is critical to providing humanity with a prosperous future. Circular economy has a key role to play in achieving this objective. That is why, at present, circular economy is one of the most popular topics in global research.

So far, researchers have focused their attention on the productive industry and other polluting sectors, leaving aside other relevant sectors such as tourism or other service industries in general.

In this sense, this Special Issue aims to cover this gap in the research.

Qualitative, quantitative studies, analyses of current regulations, bibliographic reviews, case studies or examples of good practices will be welcome in this Special Issue.

Dr. Llorenç Bagur-Femenías
Dr. Jordi Perramon
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • circular economy
  • best practices
  • service sector
  • sustainability
  • tourism
  • hospitality
  • competitiveness
  • profitability
  • climate change

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The 10 Most Crucial Circular Economy Challenge Patterns in Tourism and the Effects of COVID-19
Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 4940; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094940 - 28 Apr 2021
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This paper makes a new contribution to the understanding of challenges for the transition toward the circular economy (CE) by identifying the main CE challenge patterns (CECPs) and analyzing their relevance for the tourism sector. Our work is based on a previous systematic [...] Read more.
This paper makes a new contribution to the understanding of challenges for the transition toward the circular economy (CE) by identifying the main CE challenge patterns (CECPs) and analyzing their relevance for the tourism sector. Our work is based on a previous systematic literature review of 42 articles on CE through open coding following grounded theory. This allowed us to identify 68 CECPs and classify them into three levels of abstraction: microenvironmental, macroenvironmental, and organizational. To make this general research relevant to the tourism industry we conducted semi-structured interviews with 33 experts in CE and tourism, ensuring that theoretical saturation was reached. The data was analyzed in two coding phases, identifying which general CECPs are applicable to the tourism industry and which of them need further specification. The result shows that 34 of the 68 CECPs are applicable to tourism, of which 41% need to be specified to be relevant to the sector. Especially at the microenvironmental level, 53% of the general CECPs needed to be specified for the case of tourism. The analysis allowed to identify the 10 most crucial CECPs for the tourism industry and which of them have been most affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Full article
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Circular Economy Contributions to the Tourism Sector: A Critical Literature Review
Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4338; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114338 - 26 May 2020
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Economic activity today is still based on a linear model of production and consumption: extract/produce and consume/throw, which exhausts natural resources and generates waste. The current linear economy does not optimize materials nor favour their recycling, reuse or recovery. Hence, the concept of [...] Read more.
Economic activity today is still based on a linear model of production and consumption: extract/produce and consume/throw, which exhausts natural resources and generates waste. The current linear economy does not optimize materials nor favour their recycling, reuse or recovery. Hence, the concept of Circular Economy (CE) has received increasing attention between policymakers and stakeholders worldwide. However, the literature on CE was mainly developed for the manufacturing sector, and only a few references are found on the tourism sector even though it is a sector where huge consumption of energy and water, food waste, congestion problems and CO2 emissions take place. This work aims to evaluate the importance of tourism in the CE literature and to identify current research trends and possible gaps in the literature on CE and tourism. In order to identify papers for this, the authors carried out a literature review of papers in the social science citation index (Web of Science) and Scopus. The keywords used are related to the tourism sector and CE, and the last search was made at the end of January 2020. Only papers published in English have been considered in the sample, which totals to 55 articles. Each contribution is analysed and, according to its content, classified into eight streams; then, the paper identifies two knowledge areas in tourism that this scientific production covers and the areas with lack of knowledge generated. Findings show that more research is needed about tourism’s intersection with CE in order to generate possible solutions towards a more sustainable tourism industry. Full article
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