Despite the ongoing efforts of the European Union policies, heavily industrialized clusters are lagging in the implementation of Industrial Symbiosis (IS)
to transit to more resource- and energy-efficient setups. To advance IS implementation, a promising future research direction is Hubs for Circularity (H4C)
. H4C provide spaces where diverse actors, such as businesses, governments, researchers, and civil society, collaborate to accelerate the net-zero Circular Economy (CE) transition
. UT acquired the large-scale Horizon Europe project entitled "Sustainable Circular Economy Transition: from Industrial Symbiosis to Hubs for Circularity: IS2H4C”. IS2H4C
will deliver a systemic approach to sustainable CE transition, helping to materialise Sustainable Development Goals. Our focus?
Resource efficiency, IS matchmaking, Life Cycle Assessment, renewable energy, waste prevention, and innovative circular technologies, through an integrated approach combing physical and digital H4C
. Ensuring community and government support, sustainable business and financial models, and respect for our planet is paramount. Our vision?
Make IS2H4C the blueprint for Europe's sustainable future and promote H4C as a reference sustainable regional development model. We're starting in four H4C
pilot sites across the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, and Türkiye, collaborating with 35 partners from nine European countries. Join us!
UT is hiring six PhD students for IS2H4C
, each with unique roles and qualifications. Be part of an interdisciplinary team shaping the future of CE
while advancing your research.
The primary objective of this PhD project is to conduct a comprehensive social network analysis, gather and analyse data on societal engagement by statistical methods, and integrate this information into input-output models.
The aim of this PhD project is to identify relevant stakeholders, their needs, non-technical (regulatory, ethical, societal) challenges and barriers that arise in connection with the establishment of Hubs for Circularity (H4C). Apart from the stakeholder analysis and engagement, you will analyse the regional/societal impact of the H4C by means of regional input-output models and the integration of non-technological aspects into H4C. During the project, the PhD candidate will perform research on the following aspects:
- Stakeholder Analysis and Engagement: Define relevant stakeholder groups and their connection to H4C, identify the needs and interests of these stakeholders, recognize non-technical challenges and barriers to H4C implementation.
- Systems Thinking and Statistical Analysis: Identify circular resource streams and products and their acceptance by society taking into account sustainability characteristics of these products by means of System Dynamics approach and Statistical Analysis Techniques
- Socio-Technical Configuration: Map the socio-technical landscape using social network analysis techniques to understand the relationships and interactions among stakeholders.
- Development and Measurement of Sustainability Indicators: Create socio-economic and sustainability indicators to measure stakeholder engagement. Evaluate the progress of solutions in terms of societal readiness level.
- Regional Impact Assessment: Develop (multi-)regional input-output models to assess the broader regional impact of H4Cs.