The Quebec Circular Economy Research Network - RRECQ
The fruit of a consortium between HEC Montréal, École de technologie supérieure, Université Laval and Polytechnique Montréal, propelled by the Centre d'études et de recherches intersectorielles en économie circulaire (CERIEC), and financed by the Fonds de recherche du Québec since July 2021, the Réseau de recherche en économie circulaire du Québec (RRECQ) mobilizes more than 180 researchers at 18 universities and 8 colleges in Quebec.
The RRECQ brings together the vital forces in research aimed at strengthening capacities to deploy circular economy strategies at the scale of industrial sectors and territories, supported by coherent government policies, in a perspective of sustainable transition for society.
Through its activities and events, its partnerships, its calls for projects and its collaboration with the local, national and international research ecosystem, RRECQ aims to be a key player in networking and mobilization. With its focus on action-oriented research and collaboration with user communities, the RRECQ is an additional asset in the Quebec ecosystem for developing knowledge, skills, practices and technologies around the circular economy.
RRECQ's scientific program
The RRECQ's scientific program is organized around 4 research axes, each supported by a co-title holder and a co-leader, reflecting the interdisciplinarity and transversality of the network:
RRECQ's research program is part of a systemic and integrated approach that promotes links and synergies between the four axes. It is the result of a mobilization and consultation process that has created an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and inter-order network representative of Quebec's expertise in the circular economy. As the circular economy requires us to rethink our modes of production and consumption in depth, the RRECQ is deploying several components within its programming. These aim to promote and transfer relevant, concrete knowledge to user communities, as well as to develop integrated, interdisciplinary training at several levels of education and development. Ultimately, RRECQ intends to use the knowledge and expertise generated to support the development of a circular economy roadmap for Quebec.