1. Understand how the development of different types of territories (e.g. urban, peri-urban, rural, forested, etc.) could be planned based on circularity principles.
  2. Identify the parameters of an effective circular economy planning that ensures both global coherence and local specificity.
  3. Identify the best territorial practices and policies (local and regional) of the circular economy in Quebec and internationally.
  4. Understand the relationships between stakeholders and territorial organizations.

Examples of Research Questions and Issues

  • How can the circular economy, through bottom-up approaches that involve local actors and resources, be a driver of social and economic development?
  • How can citizens, civil society, and various stakeholders be mobilized to identify, design, and implement territorial circular economy initiatives?
  • What combinations of skills and resources are required by public authorities to implement the designed initiatives or policies?
  • How can the interconnection between different actors be planned and supported, and how can their roles and actions be coordinated to ensure synchronization of logistics and material flows?

Steering Committee

B1 which focuses on the territorial perspectives of the circular economy, is led by a team of three researchers. They are responsible for proposing orientations and represent a diversity of circular economy research on the territorial theme.

Philippe Genois-Lefrançois

M. Urb., Doctoral candidate at Université de Montréal

Juste Rajaonson

Ph.D., Professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Fanny Tremblay-Racicot

Ph.D., Professor at the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) and co-responsible for axis 4

Mobilized Experts

To the steering committee members are added the B1 experts. Regularly mobilized to bring their perspectives and expertise, they contribute to broadening the representation of the diversity of territories and pushing forward reflections on the theme of territorial circularity.

Getting involved in B1

Do you want to participate in TPS activities? Is the territorial approach to circular economy related to your interests and research work?


B1 Activities

Projects Led by B1

The steering committee of TPS B1 identifies directions and coordinates research projects to advance TPS knowledge. You can get involved in these projects at any time by registering your interest via the form.

Study of public policies for circular cities and regions in Canada and abroad

The objective of this project is to make a comparative analysis based on an analytical framework integrating :

  • Geographical context
  • Urban metabolism
  • Circularity strategy

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Other Initiatives Related to B1

Projects Funded by the RRECQ
  • Analysis and optimization of networking and energy co-product recovery opportunities in Bécancour’s industrial park and port (Project led by Jean-Marc Frayret) > Discover
  • Co-construction of a local understanding of the circular economy: vision, assessment and governance in Saint-Hyacinthe (Project led by Hien Pham) > Discover
  • Circular cities and regions in Canada: exploratory analysis of policy instruments and territorial and political-administrative conditions inherent in various circularity strategies (Project led by Juste Rajaonson) > Discover
  • Synthesis of knowledge on urban metabolism and urban experimentation approaches for the territorial expansion of the circular economy (Project led by Franck Scherrer) > Discover
  • Development of a dynamic circularity indicator for wastewater treatment plants taking into account local territorial specificities (Project led by Robert Hausler) > Discover
  • Just and equitable transition to the circular economy (CE): an exploratory analysis of the social externalities of local CE experiments in Quebec (Project led by Juste Rajaonson) > Discover
  • Sustainable interorganizational collaboration: role and contribution to the transition to the circular economy (Project led by Anne-Marie Corriveau) > Discover
  • Advanced planning of circular economy strategies in the construction sector by optimizing operations and logistics in deconstruction projects (Project led by Tasseda Boukherroub) > Discover
  • Urban metabolism as transition management tool for the circular economy? Study of a transition arena in urban planning (Project led by Franck Scherrer)
  • Closed-loop supply chains network design for circular economy in winter road maintenance (Project led by Jean-François Audy)


Relevant Resources
  • The special issue of Organisations et Territoires (Vol. 32 No. 3) “Change management and the transition to the circular economy: a territorial perspective” > Discover
  • Circular Metabolism” podcast. Hosted by Aristide Athanassiadis, this podcast explores in depth several issues and themes linked to circularity and the socio-ecological transition of cities and territories. > Discover
  • Circular Cities & Regions Initiative (CCRI). The CCRI is a pilot project that aims to encourage knowledge sharing and capacity building in the circular economy within Canadian municipalities and regions. Peers are supported over a period of one year and are provided with a set of resources (webinars, mentoring, guides, development of roadmaps and much more). Since 2021, the PVRC has supported two cohorts totaling 25 cities and regions. > Discover
  • The Circular Cities Declaration. Bringing together more than 71 signatories from 22 countries across Europe, the Declaration commits cities and regions to engage in a transition towards the circular economy. This peer network also focuses on knowledge transfer and sharing of good practices through documents, events and webinars. > Discover

13 Flagship Projects and Themes

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