Circular Economy Bootcamp

Organized by an European team of experts

Prof. Wouter Achten is part of the research unit Environmental, Societal and Land Management (GESTe) of the IGEAT. This research group specializes in environmental assessment in the broad sense. In this group Wouter is associate professor on a chair of Environmental Impact Management, and focuses his research work on LCA-related methodological work (Input-Output LCA, Social LCA, Life cycle sustainability assessment, Territorial LCA, Time and Space explicit LCA, LCA and Optimization) and applications on waste streams, renewable energies, food products, bio-based plastics, circular economy etc. Wouter Achten is active on application and methodological research  within sustainability evaluation, with a clear focus on the life cycle thinking framework.

Prof. Franck Aggeri conducts research on the management and politics of innovation, CSR and sustainability. In collaboration with industrial partners and international researchers, he examines how new corporate business practices and institutional settings emerge in joint innovation processes. More precisely, his interest is to understand the conditions under which sustainability issues may become a driver for strategic renewal. In this perspective, a first dimension of the research is to characterize the strategy processes at stake the changes involved in terms of technology, managerial practices, tools and business models. A second dimension is to raise the managerial capabilities (reasonings, methods, partnerships) built by pioneering corporations to conduct sustainability oriented innovations and explore new fields of value. Agriculture, construction and the automobile industry, where intensive efforts are made to invent new sustainability management models, are fieldworks he is currently studying with colleagues and PhD students within national and international research programs.

Prof. Tom Bauler is part of the research unit Centre d’Etudes du Developpement Durable (CEDD) of the IGEAT. Tom Bauler, ecological economist leaning towards Science- Technology-Society - studies (STS), holds the Chair “Environment & Economy”. Tom is exploring the role of policy instruments and tools in the environmental policy domain. Emphasis is given to questions relating to the place, insertion, use and impact of policy dynamics, discourses, instruments and tools (e.g. indicators, scenario exercises). Since 2007, he is exploring the significance of ‘Transition’ approaches as overarching policy processes for the governance of Low-carbon societies through a number of research projects. Via his considerable inter/transdisciplinary project experience, Tom has gained hands-on expertise in organising and sustaining intra-project dynamics as well as stakeholder enthusiasm and engagement.

Prof. Cathy Descamps-Large is a professor at MINES ParisTech. She is in charge of the international post-Master program Environmental Management EnvIM Environmental Management, a sino-french partnership since 2007, created in collaboration with University of Tsinghua, with University of Pensylvania and INSA Lyon. Her research background concerns energy efficiency and greenhouse gas mitigation technologies for enterprises in the energy sector.

Prof. Daniel Florentin, researcher and A/Professor at MINES ParisTech, Daniel works on how environmental, energy and socio-political transitions transform urban services (water and energy networks) and public works (construction, roads). This brings him to work especially on issues of urban decline, circular economy and maintenance. He teaches in environment and urban studies at MINES ParisTech.

Prof. Ahmed Khan is Chair Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism (SAU) at the department BATir. Ahmed’s research activities as chair SAU are framed by an ‘integrated ecosystems’ approach for analysis of the issues of sustainability, climate change, and spatial quality at different scales of the built environment in order to unfold scale-sensitive and context-specific design, planning and policy responses for addressing the challenges sustainable development. Sustainable urban development, land-use and climate change, spatial quality, sustainable urbanism, urban metabolism and ecosystem services are his main areas of expertise with particular interest in exploring ‘urban futures and forms’, ‘ecosystem services and urban environmental quality’, ‘research by design’, and ‘bio-climatic, resource and energy efficient design at multiple scale levels’.

Prof. Cathy Macharis is Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her research group MOBI – (Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology) is an interdisciplinary group focusing on sustainable logistics, electric and hybrid vehicles and urban mobility. Her research focuses on how to include stakeholders within decision and evaluation processes in the field of transport and mobility. She has been involved in several regional, national and European research projects dealing with topics such as the implementation of innovative concepts for city distribution, assessment of policy measures in the field of logistics and sustainable mobility, development of a multi actor multi criteria analysis framework, etc.

Prof. Jasha Oosterbaan is head of the ISIGE institute at MINES Paristech, an interdisciplinary research center in environment and sustainable development. This center develops three postmaster programs focusing on scientific and strategic approaches for business and public organizations on sustainable development. She is in charge of the Executive post-Master Program Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility at MINES ParisTech. Her field of expertise is life cycle analysis and environmental impacts of production systems. In collaboration with industrial and institutional partners, she has developed integrated approaches in impact estimation for product systems, either on emerging impacts as biodiversity or on emerging production systems as electric vehicles.