Driving the Transition to a more Circular Economy

A network of researchers working to strengthen our capacity to deploy circularity strategies on the industrial and territorial scales, supported by coherent government policies for a sustainable societal transition.

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A community of driving forces in research in Québec



An interdisciplinary and systemic scientific approach



Programming that fosters knowledge sharing


A new, more Sustainable and more Equitable Model

The circular economy aims to break the association between economic growth and natural resource depletion. It is a structuring framework of 12 strategies prioritized based on life cycle thinking to do more and better with less.


The transition to a more circular economic model calls for an interdisciplinary and systemic scientific approach. With that in mind, the Québec Circular Economy Research Network (RRECQ) aims to keep circular research and training in line with the needs of society. Focused on practice settings and transfers to user communities, the RRECQ stands at the interface between research and society to bring concerted, concrete and sustainable solutions to organizations, communities and individuals through its research, training and transfer activities.

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Spotlight on a Few of our Projects

The RRECQ funds research that contributes to the development of an innovative scientific culture driven by the circular economy.

Involving the Consumer in the Circular Economy of Plastics

The research led by Myriam Ertz, professor at UQAC and co-lead of research area 1, will accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastics by quantifying consumer involvement in the material’s end-of-life management.

Circular Cities and Regions in Canada: an Exploratory Analysis...

Juste Rajaonson, professor at UQAM, and Fanny Tremblay-Racicot, professor at ENAP and co-lead of research area 4, are seeking to determine the processes, policies and instruments that enable cities and regions to design and deploy circular economy policies that are adapted to their spatial and socioeconomic contexts.

Collaboratewith the Network

In an effort to support action research in cooperation with different socioeconomic partners, the RRECQ offers opportunities for collaboration to address current and future challenges. Want to work with the Network? Join us as a researcher, student or industry professional.

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The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec