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The changing meaning of waste inevitably shifts the way governments, citizens and providers relate to each other. This evening will address these broad questions looking at the political challenges of circular economic development related to urban democracy, urban regeneration and economic growth.

All waste is a resource: this is the key principle of a circular economy of cities in time of environmental degradation and scarcity. Urban areas are ecosystems made of material flows. Each activity taking place in the city produces waste that can be turned into material for new activities. From the disposing of plastic to the re-use of heat from industry, from the human metabolic functions to the residual of food production.

How can these multiple flows be organized to the dream of the ZERO waste urban society? What is the role of policy makers in this process? The circular economy will have a deep impact on the way we understand the notion of growth and the way we organize the democratic process of urban change. These changes and challenges generated by the circular economy for urban democracy, urban regeneration and economic growth will be addressed during this evening. Everyone is invited to join the discussion.

Organizers and moderators

  • Dr Federico Savini, CUS/UvA
  • Prof. Zef Hemel, CUS, UvA


  • Mendel Giezen, Urban Planning, CUS/UvA
  • Prof. Herbert Girardet, World Future Forum
  • Prof. Christian Iaione, LUISS Rome and LabGov Bologna
  • Prof. Federico Cugurullo, Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof. Jacqueline Cramer, The Amsterdam Economic Board & University of Utrecht
08-01-2018 20:30
08-01-2018 22:30