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Circular Economy

What is needed to boost the transition towards a circular economy? Will plastic continue to play a role? Is it energetically even possible to be without ‘waste’ entirely?

Many resources are becoming increasingly scarce, while some are essential for technology or other industries. The circular economy as a proposed solution is finally becoming more important on the political agenda.

The Dutch government has set the goal of having a circular economy in the Netherlands in 2050, but they have not set short-term goals. While many start-ups show the world what needs to be done, the major players follow slowly. We will reflect on these developments and form our vision about the ‘next big transition’.

We will start by observing the current, linear economy and its current state. We will try to identify the effects and externalities of this economy that influence the world around us.

After looking at the status quo, we will study the circular economy as a proposed solution in detail. In addition, we look at other proposed solutions such as doughnut economics and the biobased economy, and we identify the differences between them.

Finally, we will look at the steps that different stakeholders can take to go toward a more sustainable or circular economy.


Mr Tim Bulters MSc.


You can find the timetable on Datanose.

Entry requirements

This course is open to second-year and third-year UvA Bachelor’s students and Master's students, as well as 'bijvak' students from other Dutch higher education institutions and contract students.


Update 23 June: Registration for this course as an UvA student is closed as the maximum number of participants has been reached. However, you can be put on the waiting list by enroling for the course in SIS.

Other interested parties can register as a bijvak student or contract student by completing the online registration form. If you have any trouble while registering, please contact us at


Prices can be found on the IIS website.

More information

SDGs in education

The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes, and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website.

Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in October