Circular Economy - An Interdisciplinary Approach, Certificate | Part time online | edX - online learning platform | Netherlands
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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the Circular Economy - An Interdisciplinary Approach in collaboration with Wageningen University and Research - WageningenX. Join the transition towards a circular economy considering economic, supply chain, social, technical, managerial and environmental aspects.

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Do you want to contribute to a more sustainable society? Tackle the challenges in the transition towards a circular economy? In this course you will analyze what it takes to create a circular economy including sustainable supply chains. 

The transition towards a circular economy is one of the biggest challenges in order to create a more sustainable society. This transition requires circular thinking and an interdisciplinary approach, combining socio-technical, managerial, and environmental considerations.

Right now we design products from cradle to grave: from production to consumption to waste, which is a linear model. But we should design products from cradle to cradle: in a closed loop whereby they don’t become waste, but valuable resources again. And when we start thinking in circles, we might as well try to reinvent not just supply chains, but entire systems. Because that’s what we have been doing with sustainability: we have been departing from the status quo, while cradle to cradle and circular pushes us to think outside the box.

Interdisciplinary approach to circular economy

In this Circular Economy - An Interdisciplinary Approach course at Wageningen University and Research - WageningenX, we therefore take a systems approach to the circular economy, considering different stakeholder perspectives, their incentive structures, and their impact on circular alternatives.

This Circular Economy - An Interdisciplinary Approach is part of the MicroMasters program Business and Economics for a Circular Economy. 

Programme Structure

What you'll learn

  • Understand the concept of a circular economy

  • Understand how a circular economy deviates from the current linear system

  • Analyse and develop complex circular systems using a systems thinking approach

  • Assess the use of Life Cycle Assessment and Agent Based Modelling

  • Formulate improvements for a transition towards a circular design

  • Learn how to use and apply complexity aspects & agent-based modelling

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 42 days
    • 16 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.




  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Level: Advanced

  • To optimally learn in/from and complete the complete MicroMasters Program we expect you to have a bachelor degree in social sciences (preferably business-, or economics). However, there is no formal entry level requirement for this MOOC.

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