Chatham House research examines resources governance, tackling issues such as valuing vital resources, the circular economy, extractive industries, and resource futures.
There is growing optimism about the potential of the ‘circular economy’ (CE) as a new model for sustainable growth, esepcially in developing countries. A CE is one in which products are recycled, repaired or reused rather than thrown away, and in which waste from one process becomes an input into other processes.
Our analysts are exploring how such an approach can be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement, and how wider international cooperation on the CE could involve trade partnerships, regional hubs or pilot zones.
Other areas of focus include examining the future for extractive industries (especially fossil fuels), forest governance in light of continued illegal logging, and the global food trade.
The major programmatic focus of this work for Chatham House is carried out by the Energy, Environment and Resources Department and its projects, and The Hoffmann Centre.