CIrcular City Governance - An explorative research study into current barriers and governance practices in circular city transitions across Europe

"Circular City Governance - An explorative research study into current barriers and governance practices in circular city transitions across Europe presents the results of an empirical research study carried out by a team of the Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands), commissioned by the EIB. The research activities ran from October to December 2017. The main objective of the study was to support the EIB and other members of the UAPCE involved in the working group on “Circular City Governance” (CCG) with the identification, analysis and elaboration of actions in support of Circular Governance in Cities, particularly through better knowledge and better funding. At the time this report was completed, the UAPCE’s Action Plan had been recently published for public consultation.

The research study follows an empirical approach primarily focussed on the identification of (i) the most common barriers and challenges that are encountered by cities seeking to promote the circular economy, and (ii) the most important governance interventions cities have taken to initiate and advance in the transition to a circular city. This information is obtained from the analysis of selected case studies of circular economy projects in urban environments, various publicly available circular economy strategies and plans elaborated by cities and interviews with experts and officials of front runner cities that have embraced CE agendas across Europe. The results of this research study should contribute to improve the 1 See https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/urban-agenda 2 See https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/system/files/ged/ua_ce_draft_action_plan_- _final_09.02.2018.pdf 4 general knowledge basis on the promotion of the CE in cities by presenting the experiences made and main lessons learned by cities at the front of the CE agenda." (pp. 3-4)