CE Ecosystems

CICAT2025 explores the emergence and structural dynamics of circular economy ecosystems as well as agency in circular economy ecosystems. In particular, we are keen to explore ecosystems dynamics and agency as catalysts toward in transitions toward circular economy. In terms of outcomes, we create a structural map of circular economy business ecosystems and a typology of circular economy actors and change agents.

What do we mean by ecosystems?

The circular economy ecosystem is a multi-actor networked entity in which interacting actors play complementary roles. The actors in the circular economy ecosystem can be companies, cities, ministries, universities, non-profit organizations and citizen-consumers. A single actor can belong to multiple ecosystems, intentionally or unintentionally. The ecosystem emerges or is created around a common goal. In a circular economy, the goal can be to enable resource recycling or reuse, develop circular economy knowledge, or execute a circular economy business. Circular economy ecosystems are characterized by features of many ecosystem types, such as innovation, business or platform ecosystems.

Join the circular economy celebration! - Our new policy brief is published

The Finnish Academy’s Strategic Research Council-funded CICAT-2025 Circular Economy Catalysts: From Innovation to Business Ecosystems – research project has published its policy brief on circular......

When institutional logics meet: Alignment and misalignment in collaboration between academia and practitioners

The study examined how the different institutional logics of the cooperating actors affect the collaboration and the emergence of a common understanding, alignment and the achievement of the goal,......

Social Entrepreneurship as a Cluster Concept: Is a Cricket Farming Start-Up a social enterprise?

This research examines social entrepreneurship in accelerating circular economy. The case company, Entocube, farms and develops farming technology for cricket farming. We examine the company with a......