The main aim of this book is to illustrate circular models for sustainable resource management. It highlights the benefits of transformative approaches in integrating, simplifying, and facilitating understanding of complex systems and transforming systems towards greater sustainability while achieving multiple social, economic, and environmental outcomes. It provides pathways towards strategic policy decisions on socio-economic transformation supported by case studies.


  • Discusses exploration of a transitional path to the circular economy, explored from the point of view of waste and technology.
  • Explains transformational change towards sustainable socio-ecological interactions.
  • Reviews provision of pathways towards sustainability through scenario development.
  • Provides assessment of progress towards Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Presents cross-sectoral and multicentric approaches towards circularity.

This book is aimed at researchers and professionals in water and environmental engineering, circular economy, sustainability, and environmental studies.

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC)] 4.0 license.

chapter 2|20 pages

Voluntary agreements and systemic lock-in in the circular economy

The certification of sewage sludge in Sweden
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chapter 6|38 pages

Progress towards the circular economy

Case studies of sanitation and organic waste–derived resource recovery technologies in South Africa
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chapter 9|13 pages

Sustainable water management

Does gender matter?
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chapter 13|18 pages

Catalysing cleaner production systems

Benchmarking with the COVID-19 lockdowns in South Africa
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chapter 15|7 pages


Creating systems innovation platforms for transformative pathways in circular economy
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