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New Developments: Circular Economy Research Center (CERC)

From linear to circular economy

CERC is participating in five European Union Horizon 2020 funded projects that have a direct link with Circular Economy.

Today’s linear economy approach combined with the steadily increasing population is revealing the signs of a planet in fatigue and decline. The Circular Economy approach attempts to offer a remedy by keeping products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, it also attempts to minimise leakage and wastage, and promotes the development of innovative business models. Conscious of this context, Ecole des Ponts Business School decided to engage in the domain of Circular Economy and to promote the responsible and cyclical use of resources.

Circular economy is a “resource-full” alternative to the traditional linear “resource-depleting” economic model of produce-consume-waste. It allows the economic ecosystem to do more with less and transition to sustainable growth that fosters innovative practice and thinking. Students, faculty, researchers, experts and executives alike will fully benefit from, and rapidly expand, this growing body of cutting-edge knowledge.


In 2017 the Circular Economy Research Center (CERC) was established and it is currently leading and supporting novel research initiatives and is designing new multidisciplinary business models.

Over the next two years, the CERC will participate in five European Union Horizon 2020 funded projects that have a direct link with Circular Economy:

  • I-BiDaaS (Industrial-Driven Big Data as a Self-Service Solution) aims to empower users to easily utilize and interact with big data technologies, by designing, building, and demonstrating, a unified framework that: significantly increases the speed of data analysis while coping with the rate of data asset growth, and facilitates cross-domain data-flow towards a thriving data-driven EU economy.



  • Ideal-Cities is an enabler of trustworthy and sustainable applications for circular smart cities. The aim of IDEAL-CITIES is to provide a novel, open and extensible platform to enable secure, resilient acquisition and sharing of information. The goal is to improve the well-being and inclusivity of citizens, produce more effective response to crime or other emergencies, and make Smart Cities feel more secure and safe to the citizens living in them.


  • SmartShip is meant as a data analytics, decision support and circular economy – based multi-layer optimization platform towards a holistic energy efficiency, fuel consumption and emissions management of vessels. SmartShip aims to bring together Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) of focused Universities, Research Institutions and Companies oriented into the maritime sector in order to build a holistic integrated ICT-based framework for the sustainable, individualized and completely automated energy management of ships.
  • Bio-Phoenix aims to create a fundamentally different paradigm of designing and implementing software systems with a bio-inspired, co-DNA based capability for self-organisation and self-reconstruction, resilient to extensive damage.


The Circular Economy Research Center (CERC), is currently developing dedicated courses, a certificate and an E-MBA specialized in Circular Economy Management as well as Circular Economy training programs, a Circular Economy Live Lab, Journal and Expert Network.

Dr. Giorgos Demetriou,
Director, Circular Economy Research Center






Vlatka Katusic Cuentas, Research Fellow,
Hernan Ruiz Ocampo, Research Fellow,

Circular Economy Research Center – CERC


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