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Leadership | Economics | Synergies
30 May - 1 June 2018 | Athens, Greece
Nationality : Serbia

Dr. Jelica Stefanović-Štambuk

Professor of Diplomacy, International & European Studies, University of Belgrade
  • Speaker at Session/5: Green Growth & Circular Economy, May 31st 2018


Dr. Jelica Stefanović-Štambuk, PhD in Politics, International Relations and History is full Professor of Diplomacy, International Studies and European Studies at University of Belgrade Faculty of Political Sciences.

She is also Special Advisor on SDGs 2030 Agenda to the Minister for European Integration of Serbia.

She was the founding head of the first TEMPUS Joint Master Programme European Studies in Politics in 1991 and of the newly designed Doctoral Programme in International and European Studies in 2009. Her committed international engagement in interdisciplinary networked research and development of problems-oriented, digitally immersed atelier-modes of teaching are recognized as path-breaking.

Acting from 2010 on as invited lecturer, speaker, programme reviewer and chair at more than 50 most influential international conferences and academic venues that led her to recent monographs on sustainability diplomacy and diplomatic power of circular global regions.

She sits on the Editorial Board of the European Perspectives: Journal on European Perspectives of the Western Balkans and regularly serves in expert capacity for the EU-funded COST.


What indeed the circular economy is for “green growth”?

Although the circular economy is gaining widening traction neither the most vocal proponents agree on the main facets. Yet, the majority holds that it is the best transitional conduit to sustainable development by its transformational deliverance, not just of “green growth”, but of the “evergreening” of growth.

Hence, it is worthwhile to undertake an investigation of the performed relation to growth by the circular economies already in place. The best suited to be a base of this critical inquiry is the most authoritative yardstick in the field of global sustainability governance - the transformational UN’S 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Its application in discernment of the European Union circular economy relation to growth - through its actual operation of the management of waste, primarily solid waste plastic stream (since waste water management is still “under construction”) – has shown that the right balance between social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development is still not found.

The framing of growth as “green” and the premium put on environmental dimension of sustainability (understood to be an effective protection of natural resources driven by economic incentives for producers and consumers alike to act more responsibly) both in the EU circular economy and in the linear economies of the candidate countries for accession to the Union, the Republic of Serbia included - even though among them she is scoring the best on the SDGs - are far beyond the mark of the 2030 Agenda’s transformational vison of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Only the upcycling transition, stemming from the rightly found balance between entwined social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability and enabled by joint cross-border and transnational implementation of the SDG 8, is the suitable one for making the vision of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth the reality by 2030.