Two leading academics from the University of Suffolk are headlining an international conference on Economic Sciences and Business Administration in Romania towards the end of this month.
Professor David Collins and Professor Emma Bond will be delivering keynote speeches to an audience of fellow academics, business participants, teachers, scholars and young Ph.D. students from Romania, Great Britain, Turkey, the Netherlands and Italy. Nigel Bellingham, Country Director for British Council Romania, will also be in attendance. The conference will be live streamed and will be covered by Romania broadcast media outlets.
The conference is entitled ‘Looking for new horizons: the circular economy’.
Professor Bond says “I am delighted to be invited to speak at the Conference. It is essential that we explore new opportunities to debate how we integrate new technologies able to increase efficiency, foster innovation and creativity for better economic outcomes but also we understand and have the knowledge to manage the risks that this also entails.”
“The transition to a circular economy is a complex process which, not only involves fundamental changes to production-consumption systems, but also education systems and changing patterns in the digital economy. Managing the transition will also require a better understanding of broad societal trends and the drivers of production and consumption patterns in the information society. These trends and changes bring new opportunities but also new risks in relation to universities; businesses and professional identities.”
Professor Collins, Dean of the Suffolk Business School, said “No one, I suspect, who viewed the most recent episodes of Blue Planet II needs now to be persuaded that we can no longer indulge the excesses of ‘the linear economy’. As Dean of the Suffolk Business School and a leading member of a community impact institution I was very pleased to accept the invitation to act as a keynote speaker.”
“In my address I will explore the nature and limits of the ‘take, make and discard, linear economy. In addition I will consider the broads challenges- political, social and economic- which we must embrace as we attempt to construct a ‘circular economy’ for future generations.”
In addition to the conference the University is facilitating a workshop on social entrepreneurship run by Dr Daba Chowdhury of the Suffolk Business School and Andreea Tocca, Research Development Manager.
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