Meet the Partners

The CircEUlar consortium brings together internationally renowned scientists from across Europe that have unique interdisciplinary expertise and knowledge that is needed to comprehensively assess the contribution of circular economy strategies to achieve net-zero GHG emissions in Europe and globally by 2050. It is composed of 9 consortium partners and 2 associated partners from a total of 7 countries, including Austria (2), Germany (3), Italy (2), the Netherlands (1), Norway (1), Switzerland (1) and the UK (1).

Consortium Partners

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, AT) - Coordinator


The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Energy, Climate, and Environment Program) provides evidence-based, scientific roadmaps for feasible systems transformations that simultaneously meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ambitious climate change mitigation targets.



University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU, AT)
The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Department of Economics and Social Sciences), accommodates all research and teaching activities in economics, social sciences, humanities and law synthesizing economic, political, social, ecological and ethical aspects. Innovation, inter- and transdisciplinarity as well as internationality define the department culture.
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC, IT)
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (Sustainable Earth Modelling Economics Division) analyses the transition to sustainability, helping identify and evaluate low carbon, sustainable strategies. The approach used is multidisciplinary, with strong use of quantitative methods based on data science, integrated modeling and experimental and behavioral economics.
Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München (LMU, DE)
Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München (Department of Geography-Research and Teaching Unit “Human-Environment Relations”) engages in cutting-edge research on sustainability transformations in coupled human-environment-systems. Its research integrates scientific expertise on, first, risks and responses regarding the effects of environmental and climate change as well as, second, opportunities and barriers regarding the mitigation of future environmental degradation and global warming.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, NO)
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Department of Energy and Process Engineering) is an international driving force within education and research on the total energy chain from resource to customer. We work on how to produce energy which can be used by man and machine in a sustainable way, taking into consideration health, climate changes and available resources. It is one of the largest departments at the Faculty of Engineering
University of Groningen (RUG, NL)
The University of Groningen (Department of Environmental Psychology) focuses on environmental behaviour in different domains, including energy, travel and transport, waste handling, and food consumption. The Environmental Psychology Group conducts research in around the globe, and is involved in many international research projects. A wide range of research methods is being used, including qualitative interviews, questionnaire studies, longitudinal studies, field experiments and lab experiments
T6 Ecosystems (T6, IT)
T6 Ecosystems srl is a consulting and research SME with extensive experience in participating and co-ordinating national and international research and innovation projects, with a specific focus on European Research Framework Programmes.
Technische Universität Berlin (TUB, DE)
The Technische Universität Berlin (Sustainability Economics of Human Settlements) aims to foster research on urbanization and global environmental change, taking an interdisciplinary perspective combining economics, engineering and geography. In teaching, it strives to educate leaders in sustainable urban planning and urban economists who want to make a difference.
Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC, DE)
The Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (Working Group on Land Use, infrastructure and Transport) investigates the dynamics of urbanization, transport systems, ground rents and alternative land use options. The research focus is on the relevance of path dependencies of spatial infrastructures for climate change mitigation and sustainability. On this basis, the group examines policy options of climate protection in spatial agglomerations at the urban, national and international level.

Associated Partners

Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA, CH)
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Technology and Society) aims to create and transfer knowledge supporting the transition to a more sustainable society by analysing novel materials & emerging technology applications with a focus on associated material & energy stocks and flows, evaluating them with regard to environment constraints and societal needs, and by providing guidance for designing more sustainable materials, technologies and socio-technical systems.
University of Oxford (UOXF, UK)
The University of Oxford (Environmental Change Institute) was established in 1991 to organize and promote interdisciplinary research on the nature, causes and impact of environmental change and to contribute to the development of management strategies for coping with future environmental change.