Cross-KIC Circular Economy in the Western Balkans: Systems and stakeholders mapping for policy engagement

Past Event
17 January 2022 17:00 (GMT)
17 January 2022 18:00 (GMT)

Better ecosystem understanding is necessary in the Western Balkans – challenged to align with the European Green Deal and Circular Economy, yet pivotal in the EU enlargement discussions. This initiative designs and implements innovation policy for sustainable growth by introducing tools for territorial analysis to support development policies. The first regional effort of this kind, it positions existing circular economy challenge owners in a system viewpoint as part of a co-creation process.

Systems thinking is at the heart of circular economy concept. To truly understand local system needs, EIT Climate-KIC carried out system and policy mapping as part of a co-creation process in the Western Balkans, together with local partners, to have a clear picture of what the current ecosystem looks like and where, how and who is involved in value chains. Based on the results, evidence-based policy co-design for circular economy was structured and will act as stakeholders’ engagement plan to facilitate a sustained process for co-design and implementation of portfolio of actions. These 2 actions will lead to the establishment of a synergies’ platform for regular exchanges with managing authorities and stakeholders. The challenge-led policy co-designing thus create a holistic knowledge service that bridges the science-policy gap and translates scientific research into knowledge-led actions and teaches us that the development of the challenge-led approach is based in the management of learning processes.

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Mila Ocalir Krivokapic
Mila Krivokapic is a Developer for Western Balkans at EIT Climate-KIC. She is fully dedicated to the work in the Western Balkans and is acting as project manager for the Cross-KIC circular economy initiative in the Western Balkans. She is working closely in the RIS ecosystem development and supporting the activities in South East Europe area. Additionally, she is a strong connector between Ecosytem Development and Circular Economy teams at EIT Climate-KIC. Before joining EIT Climate-KIC, Mila gained exposure to different sustainability-related topics. As a Sustainability Consultant at Schneider Electric, Mila was assisting clients with various mandatory and voluntary GHG reporting schemes as well as developing new consultative solutions for clients’ corporate sustainability strategy. She was delivering projects for various international clients based on Climate Disclosure Project (CDP), Science Based targets, Non-financial reporting and Energy Efficiency Directive frameworks. Her other experiences include working as a CSR Analyst at Ecovadis, where she evaluated corporate sustainability management systems of suppliers, including qualitative research into their CSR practices. Mila holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Management from University of Bath as well as a Master’s degree in Sustainability and Social Innovation from HEC Paris.
Cristian Matti
Head of Strategic Research/ Transitions Hub Lead
Cristian Matti is an expert in sustainability transitions and innovation policy. He is Head of Strategic Research and leading the Transition Hub at EIT Climate-KIC and he is visiting researcher at Utrecht University. He contributes to regional and urban initiatives by facilitating science-policy-practice interface for the design and implementation of policy strategies and technical assistance related actions. He has contributed to research projects on sustainability transitions, regional and industrial system of innovation as well as innovation policies for public and private organizations in Europe and South America. He also has experience as coordinator of professional education and postgraduate courses on sustainability and regional innovation. His primary interest is the linkages between science and practice in facing the challenge of supporting regional and local development as well as transforming environmental governance through innovation processes.
Annalisa Spalazzi
Annalisa Spalazzi is a PhD candidate in Regional Science and Economic Geography at GSSI. Currently her focus is on inner and marginalized areas, innovation policies, regenerative economy and territorial development in Southern East European regions. She has worked for almost four years as innovation ecosystem developer and programme manager at EIT Climate-KIC Regional Innovation Scheme, where she has worked across 14 countries in Southern and Central Eastern Europe and has launched the EIT community initiative in the Western Balkans. She holds a MA in Tourism Economics and Management from the University of Bologna, where she specialized in sustainable and responsible management of destinations. She has deepened her knowledge in innovation in macro-regional context and cohesion policy working at the Center for Advanced Studies in Tourism and at the European Commission in the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Along with that, she is active in rural development and regenerative tourism with local associations and informal citizens groups in the Apennines.
Christoph Brodnik
Expert Advisor at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Christoph Brodnik (MSc, PhD, male), is working at the AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology since 2019 in the field of innovation policy and transformation. Christoph has an environmental science and management background. He holds an MSc from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and a PhD from Monash University (Australia). Sustainability innovation in different sectors were at the heart of his private sector and academic career. Particularly in his PhD research he investigated the strategic management of innovative urban water management practices. The objective was to deliver best practice policy and robust decision-making advice that supports the emergence, growth and establishment of innovation in public services sectors.
Anna Wang
Anna Wang is an Expert Advisor at the Center for Innovation Systems & Policy at AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology. She has worked on national and international projects in the field of RTI-policy and policy instruments. She has focused on the evaluation and impact assessment of national and European research and innovation policies and initiatives as well as on topics related to the European public-public partnerships landscape. A focus in her work is on the design and evaluation of novel innovation policy instruments in the area of regulatory experimenting and regulatory sandboxes for energy system transformation. She is well-versed in quantitative and qualitative research methods. She double majored in economics and political science (BA) at Bates College (ME, USA) and obtained her Masters in International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.
Waldo Galle
Waldo Galle is professor and the academic policy coordinator on sustainability transitions at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and associate researcher for the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO). As a member of the research groups VUB Architectural Engineering, and Business Technology and Operations, he studies the financial and socio-technical feasibility of a circular economy in construction and other sectors. He questions which opportunities the transition towards that economy raises, which constraints it creates, and how practice changes together with it.