Territorial enhancement

PolicyCo-DesignCircular Economy


A Systemic Approach for the transition of regions to a Circular Economy


The project aims to promote Systemic Design as a methodology to steer local and regional policies towards a Circular Economy. Additional activities aim to understand how the Covid-19 pandemic has influenced the development of the Circular Economy in the involved regions, with a focus on recovery strategies.


The project identified over 70 good practices of Circular Economy in the 5 regions of intervention, promoting the exchange of experiences during 9 interregional events involving 5 regional and national stakeholder groups and numerous policy makers.

General Info

2016-2020, 2021-2022
Competitive, international research project - funded
Regione Piemonte, Beaz, Leartibai Foundation, Higher School of Advanced Industrial Technology ESTIA, Association for Environment and Safety in Aquitaine APES, Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy, NorthEast Regional Development A
Scientific supervisor:
Silvia Barbero
Project team:
Miriam Bicocca, Alessandro Campanella, Andrea Di Salvo, Carolina Giraldo Nohra, Agnese Pallaro, Cecilia Padula, Amina Pereno, Caterina Rosini, Paolo Tamborrini



April 2016

Project start

Exchange of experiences with a period dedicated to Holistic Diagnosis

September 2017

Conclusion of the analysis phase

with the achievement of 7 field visits

March 2018

Regional Action Plans definition

and first interregional dissemination event in Brussels

July 2019

Second Interregional Dissemination Event

March 2020

Further activities

related to the impact of Covid-19 on Action Plans and regional policies

March 2022

Research of new good practices

following the Covid-19 pandemic

May-June 2022

Two Virtual Policy Learning Events

September 2022

Project end


The project was funded under the first Interreg Europe call (project code: PGI00045). The fifth Interreg Europe call funded an additional year for further activities related to Covid-19 pandemic recovery.


Barbero, S., Bicocca, M. (2017). Systemic Design approach in policy-making for sustainable territorial development. Design Journal, 20(sup 1), S3496-S3506. https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2017.1352853

Barbero, S., Pallaro, A. (2018). Systemic design and policy-making: The case of the RETRACE project. FormAkademisk, 11(4), 1-13. ISSN: 18909515. https://doi.org/10.7577/formakademisk.2219

Pallaro, A., Pereno, A. (2018). Retrace. Systemic Design Method Guide for Policy Making: A Circular Europe on the Way. Edito da Silvia Barbero. Torino: Allemandi editore. ISBN 9788842224440

Pallaro, A., Pereno, A. (2018). Retrace. Good Practices Guide: Systemic Approaches for a Circular Economy. Torino: Allemandi editore. ISBN 9788842224693

Barbero, S., Girarlo Nohra, C. (2018). Retrace. Policy Road Map. A Systemic Approach for Circular Regions. Torino: Allemandi editore. ISBN 9788842224754

Giraldo Nohra, C., Pereno, A., Barbero, S. (2020). Systemic design for policy-making: Towards the next circular regions. Sustainability (Switzerland), 12(11). https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114494

Padula, C., Barbero, S. (2022). The impact of COVID-19 on Piedmont Circular Economy policy roadmap in Sustainability in Architecture, Planning, and Design. Sustainability, Altralinea Edizioni

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