SHEB756 Circular Economy Management


The course will enable you to understand the logic of the relationship between Circular economy and Sustainable development considered in their interdependence. Basic concepts, topics and problems that characterise the interaction between the two models, as well as their application and good practices are presented. Special emphasis is placed on the strategies, programs and the law of the EU in this field, as well as on the opportunities for Sustainable development and Circular economy in Bulgaria.

The course aims to build a set of new approaches and models of thinking related to areas such as agriculture, energy transition, entrepreneurship, architecture and urban planning, digital technology, design, transport, etc. which reflects the transition from Linear economy to Circular economy.

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Business Studies (Joint programme with The University of York)


Asst. Prof. Radosveta Krestanova, PhD

Course Description:


1) Students will know:

• the relationship between Circular Economy and Sustainable Development;

• the main principles on which Circular Economy is based;

• the principal factors that determine and influence Sustainable Development on local, regional and global level

2) Students will be able to:

• connect basic facts, phenomena, processes, actors and theories with their socio-economic, political and historical context;

• synthesise and present publicly information from various sources on course topics;

• critically comment on texts (scientific and journalistic) related to the analysis of problems;

• critically evaluate and apply their knowledge (through the real-life project).


Basic principles of Micro and Macroeconomics.

Basic principles of the relationship Economy-Society-Natural Environment.

Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:

Language of teaching:


  1. Sustainable Development - from philosophy to practice. Definitions, prerequisites and context of origin.
  2. Sustainable Dvelopment and Socio-Ecological Transition: towards a new business model.
  3. Fro, Lienar Economy to Circular Economy - Why it is important?
  4. The “Circle” of Circular Economy. Circular economy – principles and stages.
  5. Circular Economy, resources and living environment. Economics of Nature management. Circular Economy and Climate change.
  6. Circular Economy, Sustainable Business and Green Jobs.
  7. Circular Economy and innovation. Ecological Design.
  8. EU’s Strategies and policies for Sustainable Development and the Circular Economy. The European Green Deal.
  9. Domestic opportunities for Circular Economy.
  10. Test


1. The Age of Sustainable Development (2015), Jeffrey D. Sachs, New York: Columbia University Press.

2. Energy: Science, Policy, and the Pursuit of Sustainability (2013), Lloyd Orr, Robert Bent, Randall Baker (eds), Island Press.

3. Environment: Science, Policy and Value (2010), Randall Baker, Paradigma, Sofia.

4. Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development (1987). Gro Harlem Brundtland, and World Commission on Environment and Development, Oxford: Oxford University.

5. The Circular Economy: What, Why, How and Where (2019). Ekins, P. at al. OECD. UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London. (

6. The Circular Economy: A Wealth of Flows (2015), Ken Webster, Ellen MacArthur Foundation Publishing.

7. Waste to Wealth: The Circular Economy Advantage (2015), Peter Lacy, Jakob Rutqvist, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan.

8. WRAP 2015. Economic Growth Potential of More Circular Economies. Available on: