Department of Planning

PHD Defence by Heidi Simone Kristensen

CIRCULAR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT RETHINKING VALUE, TOOLS AND BUSINESS POTENTIALS

Time

30.10.2020 kl. 13.00 - 16.00

Description

Circular economy has gained increasing attention in recent years as a means to support sustainable development. Circular economy is characterized by designing out waste, maximizing resource value, reducing negative environmental impacts, keeping products and materials in circulation for longer through systems innovations. This industrial PhD is contributing to the knowledge on circular economy with an understanding of how circular economy implementation can be advanced in the furniture industry and is focusing on how companies can engage in sustainable business development. The main research question guiding the research is: How can circular economy support sustainable business development in the furniture industry? The core of the thesis consists of five academic papers that contribute with different perspectives on circular business development. The research provides a new conceptualization of sustainable value propositions, an assessment of micro level indicators for circular economy, an analysis of the potentials for utilizing environmental management systems to align and manage circular economy initiatives, and insights into the practices of circular public procurement. The research puts emphasis on the interdependence and connected character of the different aspects of circular business development, as none of the investigated areas alone is enough for a transition towards a sustainable circular economy.

 

ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Industrial Researcher Reimer Ivang | Denmark 
Doctor of Philosophy Emma Rex | RISE Institues of Sweden 
Professor Han Brezet (Chairman) | Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark

 

SUPERVISOR

Professor Arne Remmen | Department of Planning, AAU, Denmark 
Associate Professor Mette Mosgaard | Department of Planning, AAU, Denmark 
CSR Director Steffen Max Høgh | HOLMRIS B8, Denmark 
Assistant professor Jaco Quist | TUDelft, The Netherlands

 

MODERATOR

Associate Professor Søren Kerndrup | Department of Planning, AAU, Denmark

Host

Department of Planning

Address

Rendsburggade 14, 9000 Aalborg, Room: RBG14 3.329 and online via Zoom

Registration Deadline

26.10.2020 kl. 16.00

Register at

helene@plan.aau.dk