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The Circular Economy – A new sustainability paradigm?

Geissdoerfer, M.; Savaget, P.; Bocken, N.M.P.; Hultink, E.J.

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M. Geissdoerfer

P. Savaget

N.M.P. Bocken

E.J. Hultink


While the terms Circular Economy and sustainability are increasingly gaining traction with academia, industry, and policymakers, the similarities and differences between both concepts remain ambiguous. The relationship between the concepts is not made explicit in literature, which is blurring their conceptual contours and constrains the efficacy of using the approaches in research and practice. This research addresses this gap and aims to provide conceptual clarity by distinguishing the terms and synthesising the different types of relationships between them. We conducted an extensive literature review, employing bibliometric analysis and snowballing techniques to investigate the state of the art in the field and synthesise the similarities, differences and relationships between both terms. We identified eight different relationship types in the literature and illustrated the most evident similarities and differences between both concepts.


Geissdoerfer, M., Savaget, P., Bocken, N., & Hultink, E. (2017). The Circular Economy – A new sustainability paradigm?. Journal of Cleaner Production, 143, 757-768.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 11, 2016
Online Publication Date Dec 21, 2016
Publication Date Feb 1, 2017
Deposit Date Sep 15, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 18, 2019
Journal Journal of Cleaner Production
Print ISSN 0959-6526
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 143
Pages 757-768
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