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Circular Economy

This elective course is part of the minor Sustainability and Economics

In addition to students taking the minor, this course is also accessible for other UvA students.






  • dhr. T. (Tim) Bulters

Recommended prior knowledge


Teaching format

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Presentation/symposium
  • Self-study / working independently on a project

Course Content

During this course we will observe the linear economy and the current state of it. We will try to identify the externalities of this economy that have influences on the world around us. After looking at the status quo, we will study transition theory and will try to tackle some of the problems that currently exist in our economic system. The circular economy is one of the solutions that were presented to solve the problems in the linear economy. We will study this solution, its benefits and its flaws in detail. We will also study other proposed solutions (such as doughnut economics and the bio-based economy) and will identify the differences between them. After that we will look at the changes that both governments and companies will need to make in order to make the shift towards a circular economy.


See Datanose.

Course materials


Number of participants

Maximum of 50 participants.


  • Homework assignments
  • Exam
  • Analysis assignment
  • Presentation


UvA students

  • UvA-students can register themselves from June 11, (look for code 5512CIEC6Y in SIS) until a week before the start of the course. 

Register in SIS (UvA students only)

Other parties

  • This course is not accessible to other interested parties.
Circular Economy
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September