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In this presentation, we will talk about how the ideas of the social and solidarity economy (SSE) can strengthen the social aspects of the circular economy in cities. With 50% of the world's population living in urban areas, and 60–80% of natural resources consumed in the urban context, cities are essential for a circular economy transition. This is a discussion of the research entitled “Filling the social gap in the circular economy: how can the solidarity economy contribute to urban circularity?”.
In the presentation, we will analyze the various notions of SSE and their potential links with CE via a theoretical literature review and visualize how solidarity and circular economy could be linked together through three empirical case studies focused on CE- and SSE-driven urban development projects in Finland, Uruguay, and Spain. The presentation will specify which social solidarity economy ideas that could contribute to the vision for urban circularity and can enrich the social and cultural sustainability of CE.