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Emmanuel Raufflet: a key role in research into the circular economy

Co-director in the new Quebec circular economy research network

August 27, 2021

Emmanuel Raufflet has been appointed as one of the co-directors in the Réseau québécois de recherche en économie circulaire (RQREC), a Quebec network on research into the circular economy. The Professor in the Department of Management will be responsible for the “change and transition” theme, one of the four pillars of the new network.

Professor Raufflet will head up a research team analyzing the current path taken by our society and reflecting on how to make the transition from our “linear” economy to a circular one. The Professor and his colleagues from other universities will work on developing knowledge, social and technological innovations, skills and practices for this purpose. They will also encourage networking and knowledge transfer, and develop training and education relating to the circular economy.

The circular economy is intended to optimize the use of resources at all stages in the life cycle of a good or service, while reducing its environmental footprint and contributing to the well-being of individuals and communities.

“This new responsibility is perfectly in line with my commitment to research and knowledge transfer concerning the circular economy and sustainable development. My participation and that of my HEC Montréal colleagues in this network will demonstrate our School’s major contribution to this movement toward a greener and more responsible economy,” says Raufflet.

In addition to Professor Raufflet, 7 other HEC Montréal professors and researchers will be part of the RQREC. All in all, the network’s scientific team will comprise over 110 scholars from 13 universities and 6 colleges.

The network is the result of a consortium of HEC Montréal, the ÉTS, Université Laval and Polytechnique Montréal, with the support of the Centre d’études et de recherches intersectorielles en économie circulaire (CERIEC). The Fonds de recherche du Québec has granted it financial support of $5 million over 5 years (2021–2026).


About d’Emmanuel Raufflet

Emmanuel Raufflet holds a PhD in Management from McGill University. He is a Full Professor in the Department of Management at HEC Montréal, and has been a guest professor at many universities and international business schools.

Social innovation, sustainable development and the circular economy are his main fields of expertise. He has directed research projects with public, private and non-profit organizations, in particular on energy, sustainability and social acceptability, and has authored many works on the theme of the circular economy. He has published and co-authored 8 books, and has written more than 50 chapters, 30 papers and 30 case studies.

Co-director of the e3 Hub – Expertise in Energy and Environment, he is also the Academic Supervisor of the French-language D.E.S.S. en gestion – développement durable and maitrise en management et développement durable programs. A member of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Sustainable Development Operationalization (CIRODD) and the Centre for Research on Social Innovations (CRISES), he was also the Academic Director of the Institut de l’environnement, du développement durable et de l’économie circulaire (IEDDEC), a joint research centre run by Polytechnique Montréal, the Université de Montréal and HEC Montréal.