Stephen Hinton

Stephen Hinton
University of Gävle · Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering

Bachelor of Science


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Involved in the Circular Economy in Sweden via the University of Gävle and with the Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation on a plan to rethink the economy.
Additional affiliations
April 2020 - present
University of Gävle
  • Research Associate
  • Working on the ciorcular economy and regional development.


Publications (7)
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Visualisations and mental models are useful in exploring how the drive towards the circular economy might influence policy making at regional level. A basic model of material metabolism fits fairly well to standard concepts like industry classification, materials classification and non-financial metrics. Using this model and high-level input output...
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Group #21 ( Sustainable Infrastructure ) of the POST COVID project investigated infrastructure needs for the post-COVID world. The COVID situation, it seems, has confronted us with something we knew to be true but were avoiding confronting: namely that economic growth is inseparable from world resource use and we cannot go on using resources the wa...
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This paper is distributed aiming at those involved with framing policy to help nations and regions transition to the circular economy. We intend that this report provides a discussion basis for policy makers explore the options available to see beyond business modelling as the driver of circularity and look to circular supply chains that support co...
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Proposes a state job agency, guaranteed basic income, a state continuity agency and rationing function. This paper is for those involved with framing a systemic response to the current global pandemic as well as other risks, like IT attacks. We intend to provide a discussion basis to help government policy makers explore the options available in th...
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If business as a discipline is to develop away from extractive practices we need to develop a mathematical language to help economists and policy makers model alternative approaches. Modelling-using both standard business calculations and simulation tools like those developed by Steve Keen-can help decision making at the level of the individual fir...
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The Natural Step offers a five-level framework for planning complex systems. The framework is accompanied by a set of system conditions for global socio-ecological sustainability. This paper takes as its starting point the economic system, and using the framework explores how the economic system – with price signals as powerful motivators- can be d...
The Humanitarian Water and Food Award (WAF) identifies and promotes initiatives that have, in a sustainable and innovative way, brought water and food security to areas in distress. For many of the nominated initiatives, the foundation of their strategy for success has been reclaiming land, and indeed, reclaiming their relationship with the land, a...


Question (1)
I am looking att understanding the material flows for a region I am studying. Having found some decent mental models for the "metabolism" of materials in the economy I find myself stuck. I would need to create some kind of tables - use etc but every time I start I seem to get stuck mentally. Hey I am not the brightest in the pack but maybe you are and can help me.
And then there is visualisation. Sankey is one way but whooo takes time to learn those programs.



Projects (3)
Working at the University of Gävle with Region-led approaches to stimulating the emergence of circular economy.
Archived project
Investigates the overlap between Sustainable Development and the Economy