Systemic design and policy making

The case of the Retrace project


The paradigm shift from a linear to a circular economic model has been increasingly advocated by many, from the scientific community to governments. The benefits of a Circular Economy (CE) are particularly appealing for Europe, considering the issues Europe is currently facing. Even though the European Union (EU) promotes activities to support the transition to a CE, several economic, social and regulatory barriers hinder this. The full potential of a CE can be realised only after these barriers have been overcome. Given the current European context in relation to policymaking for a CE, the paper provides a case study of the RETRACE Interreg Europe project to argue that the methodology of the Systemic Design approach can support the transition to a Circular Economy, thus overcoming existing barriers. The focus of the discussion will be narrowed to the Piedmont region (Italy) to better support the argument.


Silvia Barbero, Department of Architecture and Design - Politecnico di Torino
Silvia Barbero, PhD, is assistant professor in ecodesign at Politecnico di Torino. Since 2005 she is adjunct professor of Environmental Requirements of Product at Design and Visual Communication graduate course. She is responsible for the stage&job design curriculum counseling.
Agnese Pallaro, Department of Architecture and Design - Politecnico di Torino
Agnese Pallaro, PhD candidate at Department of Management, Production and Design at Politecnico di Torino (Italy), has a master degree in Systemic Design and her research focus includes design for sustainability and local development.
Hvordan referere
Barbero, S., & Pallaro, A. (2018). Systemic design and policy making. FormAkademisk - forskningstidsskrift for design og designdidaktikk, 11(4).