Patrick Schroeder is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, UK and holds a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Manisha Anantharaman is an Assistant Professor in Justice, Community and Leadership at Saint Mary's College of California, USA and holds a PhD from University of California Berkeley, USA. Kartika Anggraeni is a project manager at the Collaborating Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) in Wuppertal, Germany. She is currently co-managing an EU SWITCH Africa Green project in Kenya. Timothy J. Foxon is Professor of Sustainability Transitions at the University of Sussex, UK and the author of Energy and Economic Growth: Why we need a new pathway to prosperity (Routledge, 2017).
As global rates of waste and carbon pollution rise exponentially, the idea of building a circular economy has captured the imaginations of policy-makers, activists, businesses and designers. The authors in this timely and insightful collection challenge circular economy proponents to integrate the perspectives of people in the Global South, so far marginalized in this debate, if we are ever to achieve the inclusive - and radical - Green Transformation we need. Combining innovative research with on-the-ground case studies, The Circular Economy and the Global South is a must-read for students, scholars, practitioners and activists in this field. -- Kate O'Neill, Professor in the Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management, UC Berkeley, USA As the circular economy gathers momentum, in both policy discourse and practice, this edited book brings a timely and necessary contribution from the Global South. The limits and opportunities of the circular economy are presented from diverse perspectives, ranging from the livelihoods of Brazilian and Indian women waste pickers, to the development of Chinese eco-industrial parks. The contested politics and social dimensions of the CE are brought to the fore through cases that will provide excellent reading material for students interested in sustainability issues. Ultimately, this collection demonstrates how circular economy approaches must go beyond closing loops and maintaining the lifestyle standards of a fortunate few: there is a strong call for a circular economy that will grapple in earnest with the need for sustainable and inclusive wellbeing, in a world of limits. -- Marlyne Sahakian, Professor at University of Geneva, Switzerland