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Mette's research interests span diverse facets of the circular economy and environmental management, with a particular focus on the pivotal role of standards and indicators in shaping industry and municipal practices. Her attention centers on corporate responses and the implementation of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) within the context of circular economy principles. This includes exploring how such initiatives seamlessly integrate with broader environmental frameworks such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and environmental policies.

Additionally, Mette has contributed to the discourse on public procurement as a catalyst for advancing circular economy development. Her research sheds light on how engaged stakeholders can drive transformative practices and emerge as leaders in circular economy endeavors through collaborative efforts.

Recently, Mette's interests have increasingly gravitated towards understanding the dynamics of collaboration among diverse actors in the circular economy. Notably, she emphasizes the triple helix approach, which involves the active participation of authorities (regulation and procurement), industrial entities, and knowledge institutions. Recognizing the varied approaches of different industrial sectors to circular economy principles, Mette acknowledges that circular business models exhibit unique characteristics.

While acknowledging the importance of reducing resource consumption through production, Mette contends that a more circular economy necessitates the continued involvement of industries and authorities. These entities can significantly contribute to the extension of product lifetimes through practices like reuse and refurbishment. Mette underscores that tackling the challenges of our current environmental crisis requires collaborative efforts among a spectrum of actors, fostering cross-disciplinary solutions.

In her ongoing research projects, Mette is dedicated to advancing these ideas, particularly emphasizing collaboration among actors in northern Denmark. Her cross-disciplinary approach aims to contribute to the development of innovative solutions and practices in the realm of circular economy.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • Environment


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