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Call for policy papers on advancing the circular economy in Southeast Asia

Sitra and ADBI are inviting submissions that support a sustainable economic recovery and the industrial transformation to a circular economy in Southeast Asia.


Tuula Sjöstedt

Lead, Communications and Public Affairs, Sitra


The circular economy provides a tool for tackling the climate crisis, overuse of natural resources and the loss of biodiversity while increasing social and economic well-being. With sustainable recovery measures from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southeast Asian region can speed up its transition towards a circular and resource efficient economy.

Transition from a wasteful, linear economic model to a circular economy requires a systemic change. For this to happen, the economy and society must be rethought profoundly. And for this, Sitra has joined forces with the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and launched a call for policy papers.

“We hope to receive up-to-date research on crucial recovery measures and ways to implement the change towards a circular economy across sectors and throughout society”, says Specialist Maria Hughes from Sitra.

Selected papers will be presented on 1-2 June 2021 at a virtual ADBI regional conference, which will be a WCEF Side Event that addresses the links between economic growth and opportunities for innovation and the circular economy in emerging markets.

For more information about the topics of interest and the submission procedure, please check ADBI’s news on this call for papers.

More information

  • Maria Hughes (
  • Linda Arthur (, Senior Capacity Building and Training Specialist, Asian Development Bank Institute
  • Tomi Särkioja (, Private Sector Development Specialist, Asian Development Bank
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