We use cookies to improve your website experience. To learn about our use of cookies and how you can manage your cookie settings, please see our Cookie Policy. By closing this message, you are consenting to our use of cookies.

Circularities in territories

Call for Papers

Guest Editors

Sebastien BOURDIN (Associate Professor, Normandy Business School, FRANCE)

Danielle GALLIANO (Director of Research, National Institute for Agricultural Research, FRANCE)

Amélie GONCALVES (Research Engineer, National Institute for Agricultural Research, FRANCE)

European Planning Studies

Table of Contents for European Planning Studies. List of articles from both the latest and ahead of print issues.

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

Visit Journal Articles

The scientific literature on the spatial concentration of activities (industrial districts, clusters and other productive systems) is abundant. It emphasises the role of the local context in the development of new activities, thanks to agglomeration externalities but also thanks to the possible activation of different kinds of proximities.

This widely debated issue of locally rooted activities is gaining renewed interest because of the development of initiatives aimed at creating new links between the actors of a territory. It may be links between waste and by-products producers and those who use it as a resource (circular economy, territorial ecology), between actors that value biomass and/or environmental innovations (circular bioeconomy, eco-industrial networks) or links between production and consumption activities (local-based forestry chains, agrifood systems). These public and private initiatives highlight their potential economic, social and environmental virtues and sustainability, and their ability at strengthening geographical proximity and its potential outputs. Whether they are food or non-food chain or circular economy approaches, their purpose is to build circulations and circularities in the territories to promote the relocation of economic activities or even achieve territorial autonomy in certain areas. They also have two points in common: that of linking stakeholders/activities that were not necessarily previously linked and that of using the circulation of material and immaterial flows and natural resources (food, wood, biomass, energy ...) as a vector for structuring these new coordinations. We can therefore wonder how these initiatives reconfigure – or not – the mechanisms and dynamics of production, innovation, local anchoring, inter-territoriality and spatial distribution of activities.


circular economy, territorial and industrial ecology, methanization, food chains, natural resources

Main topics include:

TERRITORIAL ANCHORAGE AND RESOURCES: What territorial resources are mobilized or created locally? What factors explain the mobilization of territorial resources and the search for "extraterritorial" resources? How and by whom are they mobilized? How do they circulate? To what extent is there a search for local autonomy or a desire for hybridization with more global sectors and why?

CIRCULARITIES, SYSTEMS AND SCALES: What spatial deployment of these new approaches? How far can territorial resources be mobilized in these approaches? What convergence between relevant territories (scale of actors) and territories of public policies (institutional perimeter/scale)? How do the perimeters of these projects (stakeholders, initiatives and resources mobilized) evolve according to their dynamics?

METHODOLOGY: How to analyze these moving objects, under construction? What methods of analysis make it possible to reveal the emergence of such objects, to characterize their dynamics and to compare the transformations made in the territories? How can we measure the local anchorage of these initiatives?

Submission guidelines

Deadline for abstract submission (1 page on Microsoft Word maximum): 15th December 2019

Feedback on abstract submission: 30th December 2019

Full paper submission: 20th March 2020

For full instructions on how to submit your article, please visit the Instructions for Authors.

Please send abstracts to Guest Editor Sebastien Bourdin at sbourdin@em-normandie.fr.