How can subnational regions drive circular labour markets?

online | 19th of January 2021

Countries have the mandate to develop national legislation. They can set the curricula that shape workforces and the legislative frameworks that protect workers. But circularity is also strongly embedded in sub-national regions and local economies.

Progress towards the circular economy thrives of the entrepreneurship, skills and strong network connections that regions typically incubate. Regions can bring governance systems closer to their communities and actively engage all relevant stakeholders to support access and broaden participation.

The nature and extent of the powers that subnational regions have vary, but by developing and exchanging best practises, subnational regions can play a key role in influencing national and supranational circular economy initiatives.

Taking inspiration from recent research by Circle Economy, Zero Waste Scotland and the Research Institute for Work and Society (HIVA), this webinar will provide regions with insights for advancing their work on the circular economy through the lens of employment.



  • Welcome: Circle Economy
  • Opening: What unique role can subnational regions play in setting the circular economy agenda? Burcu Tuncer, Head of Circular Development & Global Coordinator, ICLEI
  • Presentation 1: How can regional approaches ensure a just transition to the circular economy? Kris Bachus, Research Manager, HIVA
  • Presentation 2: How can regions provide the skills needed for the circular economy? Fiona Craig, Education and Skills Manager, Zero Waste Scotland
  • Panel discussion and Q&A with Katrijn Siebens from Circular Flanders, Etienne Angers from Recyc Quebec, and more.
  • Closing

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