Degrowth within – Aligning circular economy and strong sustainability narratives

Patrick Schröder, Magnus Bengtsson, Maurie Cohen, Paul Dewick, Joerg Hoffstetter, Joseph Sarkis

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This perspective calls for building greater understanding of overlapping and conflicting considerations between the sustainability principles that inform current conceptions of circular economy and degrowth. We contend that scholars and practitioners need to be pragmatic and to recognize evident ideological differences, but simultaneously to acknowledge beneficial similarities and complements. The common aim of both frameworks – to change business-as-usual and to enable human society to operate within ecological planetary boundaries – will likely engender opportunities to formulate new solutions. Management of the inherent tensions, such as the scale and scope of rebound effects, will continue to pose challenges. However, with thoughtful dialogue, commitment to respectful discourse, and more refined articulation we are confident that progress will be made. By building on synergies and seeking holistic strategies, the academic community, along with its transdisciplinary partners, can advance strong global sustainability efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-191
Number of pages2
JournalResources, Conservation and Recycling
StatePublished - Jul 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Economics and Econometrics


  • Circular economy
  • Degrowth
  • Eco-innovation
  • Pragmatism
  • Rebound effect


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