Join us for an insightful interview with Dr. Patrick Schröder as we explore the intricate relationship between the circular economy and international relations. Discover how the circular economy is defined, its main goals, and its role within global economic frameworks. Dr. Schröder delves into topics such as international standards, bilateral agreements, and the incentives for multinational corporations to adopt circular practices.

We also examine case studies of implementation failures, the impact on economic growth, and the geopolitical implications. This episode covers ethical issues, the energy transition, and the significance of circular economy initiatives in developing countries. Stay tuned until the end for Dr. Schröder’s recommended research areas in the circular economy.


  • Defining Circular Economy
  • Main Goals of Circular Economy
  • Circular Economy in International Economic Frameworks
  • Global Authority and International Standards for Circular Economy
  • Incorporating Circular Economy into Bilateral Agreements
  • International Consensus on Circular Economy
  • Multinational Corporations and Circular Economy Incentives
  • Case Studies: Failures in Circular Economy Implementation
  • Impact of Circular Economy on Economic Growth
  • Geopolitical Implications of Circular Economy
  • Western Circular Economy Initiatives in Developing Countries
  • Ethical Issues in Circular Economy
  • Circular Economy and Energy Transition
  • Recommended Research Areas in Circular Economy

Patrick Schröder

Dr Patrick Schröder is a Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Society Centre at The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, United Kingdom.

He focuses on the global transition to an inclusive circular economy with a focus on international policy coordination, closing the investment gap, the role of global trade and the contribution of the circular economy to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Selected Publications:
The Relevance of Circular Economy Practices to the Sustainable Development Goals
Promoting a just transition to an inclusive circular economy
No, Recycling Won’t Solve Our Plastic Problem

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