June 24, 2020

Circular Jobs Initiative introduces new Advisory Board

The Circular Jobs Initiative introduces its Advisory Board, which will help to inform the strategic positioning of the initiative and guide the research agenda and best practice development.

The Circular Jobs Initiative introduces its Advisory Board, which will help to inform the strategic positioning of the initiative and guide the research agenda and best practice development.

The Advisory Board includes three research partners, being Kris Bachus (Research Manager Climate and Sustainability, HIVA- KU Leuven), Ödül Bozkurt (Senior Lecturer, University of Sussex Business School) and Antonius Schröder (Scientist, TU Dortmund Social Research Centre). They have a background in the focus areas of the initiative: skilling the workforce, quality of work, and inclusive labour market. 

Alongside our research partners, we welcome Kari Herlevi (Project Director, Circular Economy, Sitra) and Reniera O'Donnell (Higher Education Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation) as programme partners to our board. They come from civil society and are working to raise the profile of issues related to education and employment in the circular economy on national and international levels.    

We look forward to working in collaboration with our Advisory Board over the next two years. 


“The initiative is very welcome and much needed for us to understand more thoroughly the impacts a transition to a circular economy could have on employment and needed skills, and consequently what kind of measures to support and address the changes are needed. Wide cooperation between policy makers, industries, researchers and employees is vital to manage the transition and make it inclusive and fair.” - Kari Herlevi, Project Director, Circular Economy, Sitra

'I am delighted to be part of the CJI Advisory Board. This is a great opportunity to share all the learning from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's work with the higher education sector and our business networks as well as learning from the CJI. I look forward to being able to help shape and steer this key area in driving forward the transition to a circular economy'. - Reniera O'Donnell, Higher Education Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation


"I am highly interested to join the Advisory Board of the Circular Jobs Initiative to ensure exchange between the European co-funded Skills Alliance for Industrial Symbiosis (SPIRE-SAIS). Skilling the workforce and improving the quality of work is vital for implementing and unfolding the potential of new technologies in the direction of a sustainable and symbiotic industrial circle economy. So let’s join forces to move in this direction." - Antonius Schröder, Scientist, TU Dortmund Social Research Centre


"The circular transition promises multiple benefits, but it won't be straightforward to ensure they are all delivered at the same time. How do we align a move away from the environmental damages of the linear economy with the creation of large numbers of high-quality jobs? This agenda could not be more important or timely. Circular work must be accessible, rewarding, decent work. I am really excited to join the conversation CE has started on this and keen to contribute to the effort with a sociological sensibility that remains sensitive to both the material and the subjective experiences of work and employment." - Ödül Bozkurt, Senior Lecturer, University of Sussex Business School


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