By 2050, 75% of the population will reside in cities. Cities are also a major engine for economic growth, as about 85% of global GDP is generated by cities today. Such rapid growth puts an enormous pressure on urban resources, carrying capacities, and quality of life. All of these factors equip cities with a great catalytic power to drive the circular economy agenda forward, and make them among the greatest beneficiaries of such a transition. City leaders across the world are being challenged to rethink the way our current urban systems operate, to explore new ways of value creation and optimisation, while ensuring long-term prosperity, resource sufficiency, economic viability, and wellbeing in urban centres worldwide.
To support this mission, we are conducting in-depth research with two main aims: to learn more about the circular economy opportunities for cities; and to explore how cities can capture these opportunities in complex urban environments.