Call for Papers


A lot of discussion has been initiated in policy forums regarding the transition from the traditional linear to a circular economic approach. Today, circular flow of income shows financial and non-financial interrelations among economic agents (e.g. firms, households and state) and natural environment through green GDP and satellites accounts. The most effort has been made to eliminate waste production from such agents without taking into account new opportunities which arise from waste production. What hinders this transition as well as to identify new opportunities is the interdependence of the individual companies to other micro and macro markets that also need to be redesigned to target the support of circular principles. Such markets need revisiting even in organized entities like eco-clusters, eco-industrial parks, or any other ecological symbiosis of businesses where wastes of one consist primary sources for other economic activities. These emerging markets face several economic, social, legal, and administrative barriers and opportunities.

This Symposium provides an opportunity for those interested in any level of Circular Economy and Sustainability applications. From individual business or industrial zones to national, international or global policies that will make feasible the effective application of circular economy principles for achieving a Sustainable Development. Researchers, practitioners and entrepreneurs are invited to submit both empirical and theoretical papers that are broadly consistent in any of the Symposium’s special topics. An ultimate goal will be to encourage researchers to examine the concepts of circular economy under a holistic scale approach.

A major innovation of this Symposium is the bridging of engineering, management and economic knowledge to support the effective advance of circular and sustainability principles bringing together the theoretical, practical, applied and managerial knowledge in order to produce efficient policies. The School of Production Engineering and Management of Technical University of Crete with the Department of Environmental Engineering, together with the Department of Economics and Sustainable Development of Harokopio University of Athens and prominent INFER, will support this interdisciplinary event.

The papers presented at 5thCESUST2024 may be awarded by 2 prizes:
- Best Paper Award (the best paper presented at the symposium)
- PhD Paper Prize (the best paper presented by a PhD student)


  • Blockchain and Circular Economy
  • Circular Business Models
  • Circular Design
  • Circular Economy and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS)
  • Circular Economy at Macro, Meso, Micro Level
  • Circular Economy in Tourism
  • Circular Innovation and Investments
  • Circular Materials and Product Flows
  • Circular Procurement Policies
  • Circular Supply Chain Management
  • Education for Circularity and Sustainability
  • Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
  • Energy from Waste
  • Energy Production and Management
  • Energy Storage
  • Entrepreneurship and Markets for Secondary Materials
  • Green Accounting
  • Green Public Procurement
  • Heterodox economics for circular economy
  • Industry 4.0 and Circular Economy
  • Integrated Waste Management
  • Legal Framework for Circular Economy
  • Legislative Barriers to By-product Use
  • Political-economic theories for circular economy
  • Public Awareness on Byproducts
  • Recycling and Reuse Policies
  • Regional Circular Economy
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Resource Value Optimization
  • Smart Buildings and Cities
  • Sustainability in Transportation Planning
  • Sustainable Economic Growth
  • Sustainable Production and Consumption
  • Zero Waste Management

Important Dates

Deadline Extended Abstract or Full Paper Submission 3 April, 2024
Extended Abstract or Full Paper Submission 15 March, 2024
Notification 15 April, 2024
Early Registration 24 May, 2024
Late Registration 25 May, 2024 and onwards
Symposium Dates 17-19 June, 2024

Online Paper Submission

Speakers will not be able to present remotely. The event will only take place in person. Each presenter is allowed to deliver a maximum of two presentations, with the option to present one at the 5th Symposium on Circular Economy and Sustainability and the second at the 26th INFER Annual Conference, all under the same fee structure.
An extended abstract is required to be submitted by the 3rd of April, 2024 using Easy Chair platform.
The extended abstracts that are accepted will be published in the Symposium Proceedings.

To submit your extended abstract, please follow these steps:
3. Submit a basic description and details to the easy chair submission form. Upload a doc/docx or pdf file (up to 2 pages but not less than 1.5 pages) following the template (where you could enter figures/tables/equations).
4. You will receive an automatic email to confirm your submission. You can update your submission until the deadline.
Following the acceptance, authors will be invited to submit their full papers for consideration to the Special Issues announced following the Journals’ peer review process.

For more information about Special Issues related to the 5th Symposium on Circular Economy and Sustainability visit the related page:

Contact Information

Questions may be directed to the
local Symposium organizers 

Symposium Secretariat
Μaria Bakatsaki

Questions about INFER may be
directed to the Chair of INFER
Josep-Maria Arauzo-Carod

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