Since its founding, the Network has focused on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). The committee assembled to address the issue takes an innovative and proactive EDI approach in its research and its membership. It therefore strives to serve as an example, ensure EDI is integrated into circular economy research and lead EDI research within the context of circularity.
The committee is made up of seven members. It has initiated actions in response to the following questions, as well as to those that emerge on an ongoing basis:
- How can the transition to a circular economy be inclusive?
- How can the Network become more diverse in terms of disciplines and profiles?
- What are the best ways to reach out to individuals in underrepresented disciplines? (e.g., researchers in humanities, social sciences, art, design, creative areas, literature, etc.)
- How can EDI be formalized in the RRECQ’s governance structure?
- What are the ways to establish a strategy for the Network? What is the strategy?
- What are the ways to reach people who are excluded?
- What are the interests of the excluded individuals who contribute to the research or benefit from its outcomes?
- How can the research interests of RRECQ members be made compatible with the needs of excluded individuals?