Assessments for circular economy and sustainability transitions
Guest lecture by Rishi Bhatnagar

Assessments for circular economy and sustainability transitions

Start date

Wednesday, 19 Feb 2020, 15:30

End date

Wednesday, 19 Feb 2020, 17:00

Classroom 1, IHS

About the lecture

Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 goals for a better and more sustainable future for all. However, achieving these goals is difficult. Among the many factors which makes the achievement of these goals difficult, measurability is one of the important ones. For example, how often have you heard someone become a victim of the tragedy of the commons when an individual fails to see the impact of their good behavior? Similarly, organizations and individuals working in public, private, business and nonprofit/civic sectors find it difficult to measure their performance in terms of circularity or sustainability, even when they want to transition towards a circular economy or sustainability in general. Famous management thinker Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying that “you can't manage what you can't measure.” Therefore, in this session we take a look at some sustainability assessment tools that could be used by anyone looking to make an effort to strive for the SDGs. The session should especially be exciting for the UMD students who are looking to start their Master's thesis research project soon!

About the expert

Rishi is a doctoral candidate at Eindhoven University of Technology who is researching on the topic of integrating sustainability assessments in the business model innovation process at large technology innovation organizations (with the case study of the airports logistics sector). With a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, experience in launching new ventures, and a master's degree in Urban Management and Development (UMD14), Rishi looks to forge a career path in sustainability transitions. He also has experience in working and researching in the field of water management. He believes that to solve complex wicked problems like climate change and social injustice, one needs to broaden their horizons by developing a multi-disciplinary profile and not be afraid to exchange theories/ideas across different sectors.