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The social-economic impact of Circular Economy in Europe: a comparative analysis

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17 oktober 2017

In dit studentenverslag worden de sociaal-economische effecten van 5 circulaire initiatieven onderzocht. Lees verder in het engelstalige rapport.

This thesis explores the impact that a Circular Economy can have on the EU’s social-economic dimension in terms of job creation, job quality and the distribution of other social benefits. In regards to the notion of job quality, the analysis led us to propose a definition of job quality as “the extent to which a job can reflect those working environments where aspects such as ambition, flexibility, creativity, cooperation, employees training and re-combination of skills can be fulfilled, in order to forecast beneficial outcome for the employees physical and psychological well-being”. A part from this, it is through the analysis of 5 selected circular initiatives reflecting the 5 different sectors (bio-mass and bio-products, plastics, food waste, construction and demolition and critical raw materials) in different EU countries (Italy, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands) that a comp arative analysis is provided. This analysis leads us to understand the performance of the selected initiatives in terms of employment and about the prominent role that dimensions such as knowledge, education, innovation can play for the establishment of a CE in Europe during this period of transition.