Patrick Schroeder, Research Fellow with the Green Transformations research cluster at IDS

Patrick Schröder - Research Fellow

Green Transformations
E: p.schroeder@ids.ac.uk

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Simon Jeavons

Dr Patrick Schroeder’s main research interests relate to the global transition to a circular economy within the context of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) systems and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He also has expertise on issues relating to China’s renewable energy development and civil society participation in China’s environmental governance.

Prior to joining IDS, Patrick was based in Beijing from 2008-2015. He worked extensively in development cooperation programmes of the European Union, including the SWITCH-Asia Programme and the EU-China Environmental Governance Programme. He also has worked for the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ/CIM) as Senior International Advisor to the China Association for NGO Cooperation, coordinating the China Civil Climate Action Network. As development consultant he has worked for the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), the Heinrich Boell Foundation and UNEP.

Patrick holds a BA Hons in Chinese from the University of Westminster, an MA in International Relations and a PhD in Environmental Studies both from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

A sustainable bioeconomy can potentially do its part to replace the era of fossil resources and supply a growing world population. The transformation to such a sustainable bioeconomy is characterized by economic, ecological and social opportunities, but also by risks. These potentials and challenges of the sustainable bioeconomy are specified by this project for the German Environment Agency (UBA).

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This project aims to make sense of the development impacts of the closing of civil society space.

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Transforming Systems of Consumption and Production for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Moving Beyond Efficiency

Sustainability Science (2018)

The United Nations formulated the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in 2015 as a comprehensive global policy framework for addressing the most pressing social and environmental challenges currently facing humanity. In this paper, we analyse SDG 12, which aims to “ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.” Despite long-standing political recognition of this objective, and ample scientific evidence both on its importance and on the efficacy of various ways of promoting it, the SDGs do not provide clear goals or effective guidance on how to accomplish this urgently needed transformation. More details

Circular Economy and Power Relations in Global Value Chains: Tensions and Trade-Offs for Lower Income Countries

Resources, Conservation and Recycling 136 (2018)

The concept of the circular economy has gained significant traction among businesses, policymakers and researchers in recent years. The transformation of the current linear economic system to a circular one offers many opportunities to advance sustainable natural resource use, create closed-loop supply chains and implement sustainable recycling management. Circular economy strategies could help lower-income countries ‘leapfrog’ to a more sustainable development pathway that avoids locking in resource-intensive economic practices of the dominant linear consumption and production system. More details

Bending the Curve: Best Practice Interventions for the Circular Economy in Developing Countries

This report summarises in-depth reviews in five areas of the circular economy: the sharing economy; e-waste; agricultural waste; urban waste and industrial symbiosis. These reviews allow a deeper analysis than previous approaches based on case studies. The authors identify a range of development interventions that are proven and replicable in a variety of low- and middle-income contexts. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Cost-Benefit Assessment of Community-Based Recycling and Waste Management in Pakistan

Following their 2016 Virtuous Circle paper on the circular economy in developing countries, Tearfund and the Institute of Development Studies have examined existing approaches to waste management in developing countries, with a view to replicating best practice. This cost-benefit assessment evaluates the pilot of a community-based approach in Pakistan and assesses the feasibility of implementing the same approach in other (poorer) areas. More details

IDS publications on international development research

The Relevance of Circular Economy Practices to the Sustainable Development Goals

This paper identifies the extent to which circular economy (CE) practices are relevant for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More details