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The Circular Economy Policy Research Centre (CE Centre) was established to streamline the research into policy measures for the circular economy in Flanders.


A partnership

The CE Centre Support Centre unites researchers from the KU Leuven, Ghent University, the Research Institute for Work and Society (HIVA), the University of Antwerp, and VITO. They will continue to build upon the research results from the previous SuMMa centre, which was active from 2012 to 2016. The OVAM and the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) are financing the support CE Centre jointly.


Steunpunt partners

Policy Research

The support CE Centre carries out scientific research into how the government can monitor, encourage, and contextualise the circular economy. The intention is to translate the scientific insights into support and recommendations for the policy, and to make this knowledge available to policy-makers, stakeholders, and the general public. In addition to this, the CE Centre is developing a scientific knowledge network that will position itself at a national and international level as a knowledge centre for the circular economy.

Long and short-term assignments

The CE Centre combines long-term research with short-term assignments. For example, researchers work on specific cases that cut straight through the various research domains. Like the use of bio-based materials: how can the policy influence these products, from resource to product development to use and end-of-life.


Karel Van Acker

Prof. dr. Karel Van Acker
Promotor and Coordinator

KU Leuven

dr. Luc Alaerts

dr. Luc Alaerts

KU Leuven