Centre of Expertise Mission Zero

Research Group Circular Business

The Circular Business research group develops and provides business modeling tools that capture multiple value creation. The group thereby focuses on eco system circularity; (cross-sectoral) collaboration within and beyond value chains is needed to close the loop.

Annual report 2020 (pdf)
About the research group

About the professor

dr. Kim Poldner

Kim has been a professor in the Faculty of Business, Finance & Marketing at The Hague University of Applied Sciences since 1 January 2019. She is also affiliated with Wageningen University & Research where she founded the Circular Fashion Lab. Through bringing together scientists and designers, the Circular Fashion Lab contributes to the creation of new ‘categories’ of materials previously unknown in the fashion industry, disruptive technologies that re-define textile supply-chains and inspired processes of organizing that turn competitors into comparables. Kim obtained her PhD from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and has lived and worked abroad for nine years. She has extensive research experience and expertise in entrepreneurship, aesthetics and sustainability and has written award winning case studies on sustainable fashion pioneers such as Veja and Osklen.
Before she embarked on an academic career, Kim was founder of the first eco fashion store in The Netherlands in 2005 and initiator of online platform Eco Fashion World. Her green wardrobe, including her up cycled wedding dress, was exhibited during the exhibition Wear I Am in 2017. See: www.wur.eu/circularfashion  

+31 (0)6 - 39 08 20 85
k.a.poldner@hhs.nl
The transition towards a circular economy is not so much a transition of materials and technologies, it is a transition of values.
Projects

Projects

SMITZH: Smart Manufacturing Industrial Applications Zuid-Holland

SMITZH: Smart Manufacturing Industrial Applications Zuid-Holland

The province of Zuid-Holland is rich in manufacturing industry. Manufacturing companies that develop and sell all kinds of products with the help of technology. These companies would like to produce faster, cheaper, more durable and higher quality products, but are often unaware of contemporary, digital possibilities such as robotisation and 3D printing. SMITZH brings together supply and demand and aims to make the manufacturing industry more innovative, competitive and future-proof. The Digital Operations & Finance Centre of Expertise at The Hague University of Applied Sciences is one of the knowledge and research partners in the SMITZH consortium.

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Circular Fashion

Circular Fashion

Within the research group Circular Business we study a variety of sectors, but the expertise of professor Kim Poldner is centered on the fashion industry. On this page you find an overview of her activities and key publications on this topic.
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Circular operations management – Facility management and ecology in balance

Circular operations management – Facility management and ecology in balance

Creating an action based protocol voor the facility professional to stimulate sustainable behavior, to make the waste and raw material flows more sustainable and thereby contribute to the circular business operations.
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Podcast Wasted Tales

Podcast Wasted Tales

In the Wasted Tales podcast series we will be bringing you into the lives and minds of waste and other materials within the circular economy, such as a solar panel, a face mask and a plastic bottle. This podcast is inspired by the projects of the Centre of Expertise Mission Zero where we conduct integrated research to come up with regenerative solutions for a more sustainable future.
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Reshaping Business Education

Reshaping Business Education

In the Reshaping Business Education project, we focus on a different orientation of the education and development of business students. We develop education that enables students to create businesses that are socially and environmentally sustainable and thus contribute to a fair economy.
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NEWRAIL

NEWRAIL

The Dutch municipality of Horst on the Maas and ProRail are keen to stimulate the generation of renewable energy. As partners in NEWRAIL (Noise Energy Wall Rail America in Limburg), they are testing innovations that will deliver high energy yields. This research involves mounting solar panels on both new and existing sound barrier walls. Mounting solar panels on sound barriers is a new and ground-breaking idea. That’s why more research is needed to find the best method of installation. The innovative project NEWRAIL (Noise Energy Wall Rail America in Limburg) is an initiative of ProRail in collaboration with the municipality of Horst aan de Maas, TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), energy cooperative Reindonk Energie, and The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
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Publications
News

Podcast

In the Wasted Tales podcast series we will be bringing you into the lives and minds of waste and other materials within the circular economy, such as a solar panel, a face mask and a plastic bottle. This podcast is inspired by the projects of the Centre of Expertise Mission Zero where we conduct integrated research to come up with regenerative solutions for a more sustainable future. By making inanimate objects key protagonists in this podcast, we aim to provide an alternative perspective to the circular economy discourse. What do these materials and objects experience? How do they view us humans in processes of recycling, repair and repurpose? And what can we learn from them?
The spoken language is English.
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Podcast

Wasted Tales

Inaugural Address Professor Kim Poldner

Last Thursday, 18th of June, Kim Poldner, Professor Circular Business, shared her inaugural Address by premiering her vision through Youtube. This was a more sustainable event then we could have ever imagined, because no one had to travel and there was no foodwaste due to arranging catering. The online premiere took about 20 minutes after which there was time to ask questions or post comments in the live chat. She will select the ones that trigger her most as starting point for developing a range of podcasts together with her team.  Watch the Inaugural adress on YouTube.

Kim also created a simplification of this vision, a playfull fable, here you will find this playfull fable The Bear and the Phoenix.

If you're interested in reading the full story including contributions from the researchers involved in the Professorship, please download the publication: Entrepreneuring a regenerative society (pdf).