Circular Economy in the Triple Helix of Innovation Systems

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Anttonen , M , Lammi , M , Mykkänen , J & Repo , P 2018 , ' Circular Economy in the Triple Helix of Innovation Systems ' , Sustainability , vol. 10 , no. 8 , 2646 . https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082646

Title: Circular Economy in the Triple Helix of Innovation Systems
Author: Anttonen, Markku; Lammi, Minna; Mykkänen, Juri; Repo, Petteri
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Research Units of the Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Helsinki, Research Units of the Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Helsinki, Doctoral Programme in Political, Soci­etal and Regional Change
University of Helsinki, Research Units of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Date: 2018-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: Sustainability
ISSN: 2071-1050
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/237841
Abstract: The Triple Helix concept of innovation systems holds that consensus space among industry, government and university is required to bring together their competences to achieve enhanced economic and social development on a systemic scale. In line with this argument, this article analyses empirically how the concept of circular economy is conceived in the institutional spheres of "industry", "government" and "university". Innovation systems are constantly being reconstructed through knowledge production and communication, which is reflected in how concepts develop in the different spheres. By applying natural language processing tools to key contributions from each of the three spheres (the "Triple Helix"), it is shown that, although institutional backgrounds do contribute to differing conceptualizations of circular economy, there is a substantial but limited conceptual consensus space, which, according to the Triple Helix, should open new opportunities for innovations. The consensus space shared across the three spheres focuses on materials and products and sees circular economy as a way to create new resources, businesses and products from waste. The industry sphere highlights business opportunities on global scale, which are also evident in the government sphere. The government sphere connects circular economy to waste-related innovation policies targeted at industrial renewal, economic growth, investments and jobs. The university sphere, in turn, focuses on production and environmental issues, waste and knowledge, and is rather distinct from the two other spheres. The importance of the differing conceptions of circular economy is based on the logic of Triple Helix systems. Accordingly, sufficient consensus between the Triple Helix spheres can advance the application of the concept of circular economy beyond the individual spheres to achieve systemic changes.
Subject: 511 Economics
circular economy
triple helix
innovation
sustainability
industry-government-university interaction
topic modelling
INDUSTRY-GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
TOPIC MODELS
SUSTAINABILITY
POLICIES
SCIENCE
CHINA
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