WCEF side event: A just transition towards circular cities – why people matter.

Understanding and managing the social impacts of urban transitions towards a circular economy is central to making the transition inclusive and long-term, as well as ensuring that cities are viable and attractive environments for all residents. Local governments need to be supported in implementing circular urban pathways that are equitable and just. Among other topics, the Urban Circularity Assessment Framework (UCAF) project examines the extent to which current literature addresses the social impacts of a transition to a circular economy.

In this webinar, experts discussed the social impacts of a transition to a circular economy in cities.


  • 13:00 Welcome and introduction
  • 13:05 Background and presentation of the UCAF project
    • Fedra Vanhuyse, Head of Division – Societies, Climate and Policy Support, SEI and Project Lead, UCAF
    • Maryna Henrysson, Senior Researcher at the Division of Energy Systems, ITM School, KTH
  • 13:10 Panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Fedra Vanhuyse, SEI
    • Jan Mertens, Coordinator of the City platform for Leuven Circularity
    • Ander Eizaguirre, Policy Analyst at OECD
    • Anna Wall, Programme Manager, Vinnova
    • Liv Öberg, Development Strategist, Project Manager Circular Economy and Business Development, City of Umeå
  • 13:50 Recap and conclusion
  • 13:55 End

The UCAF project aims to provide an adaptable city level circularity assessment framework that will assist cities in transitioning to a circular economy. This framework will allow cities to measure their level and potential for circularity and can be tailored for different decision-making contexts and sector-specific demands.

This webinar was an official Word Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) side event .