Center for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (CenSE) - Odisee
Center for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (CenSE) - Odisee

Circular transition through Quintuple Helix partnerships

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CenSE researchers: Karen Brabant, Philippe Eiselein, Tineke Jacobs, Wim Keygnaert

Duration: September 2021 – September 2023

Funding: PWO (internal)



In this research we are investigating what is needed to set up sustainable partnerships between the actors of a Quintuple Helix model for circular ecosystems, within the Flemish and Brussels context. Quintuple helix systems recognize the importance of the relations and knowledge production between the institutional spheres industry-government-university-society-natural environment and are particularly interesting because they can contribute to systemic innovations, which prove necessary to realize a circular transition. It focuses on five aspects:

  • Finding partners from the different spheres,
  • Transparency in (financial) value needs,
  • Clarify the facilitator role for public authorities,
  • Involving consumers, and
  • Eliminating psychological barriers such as mistrust or insufficient involvement.

On the basis of three case studies, a combination of positive appreciative research and action research is used to gather knowledge about the conditions for realizing these multi-actor partnerships. Based on this, we are developing various policy guidelines to accelerate the circular transition.



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