Performing the Circular economy: How an ambiguous discourse is managed and maintained through meetings
SCI Honorary Researcher co-publishes journal article on Circular Economy discourse in “inspiration” meetings in Sweden.
Malte Roedl has co-published a new paper in the Journal of Cleaner Production entitled ‘Performing the Circular economy: How an ambiguous discourse is managed and maintained through meetings’.
The paper analyses Circular Economy inspiration meetings (i.e. meetings where business people are sought to be informed and/or inspired to take up CE) in Sweden. Concretely, the researchers investigated how the bemoaned ambiguity of the CE concept plays out in practice. As a result, they identify 4 communication norms that strongly shape how CE can be spoken about (or not) in these meetings (but likely also more broadly).
They identified these norms as performing CE as an ‘empty signifier’, i.e. they are produced by unclear ideas of what CE is and thereby reinforce the unclear nature of the concept. They conclude with recommendations for practice, including CE meeting organisers.
- CE is not a fixed concept or approach, but is negotiated in talk and action.
- An important space where CE is performed are meetings among businesspeople.
- CE meetings are generally hopeful, avoid disagreement, and focus on businesses.
- The ambiguity of CE enables diverse actors to congregate around shared aims.
- We suggest ways to critically engage with the identified communication norms.
You can access the full article on this website.