Circular economy in urban areas: evidence from global cities

Keywords: Circular economy, Cities, Net zero, Waste reduction


Starting from the relationship between urban planning and mobility management, TeMA has gradually expanded the view of the covered topics, always following a rigorous scientific in-depth analysis. This section of the Journal, Review Notes, is the expression of a continuous updating of emerging topics concerning relationships among urban planning, mobility and environment, through a collection of short scientific papers. The Review Notes are made of four parts. Each section examines a specific aspect of the broader information storage within the main interests of TeMA Journal. In particular, the Economy, business and land use section aims at presenting recent advancements on relevant topics that underlie socio-economic relationships between firms and territories. The present note aims at addressing the issue of circular economy in urban contexts describing theoretical approaches and identifying best practices from cities across the world.


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Author Biography

Stefano Franco, Department of Mechanics, Mathematics and Management, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Bari. He has been visiting researcher at Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid. His main research interests are in the areas of sustainability and innovation. His papers have appeared in international refereed journals, among others IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Business Strategy and the Environment, Journal of Cleaner Production.


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How to Cite
FrancoS. (2023). Circular economy in urban areas: evidence from global cities. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 16(1), 239-243.