The Circular North Sea Regions consist of 8 partners representing a large part of the North Sea Region.

Below the map you find an overview and a link to each partners website.

The red starts shows the research institutions, and the dark blue stars shows the regional and local authorities. 



The project consists of 5 regions and 3 universities working together:

Regional partners (blue stars):

  • Rogaland County Municipality (NO)

    Rogaland is the regional administration in western Norway with Stavanger as the main city and a total population of 475.000 inhabitants.
    Rogaland is implementing a regional bio-economy strategy as a contribution to the Circ-NSR project.

  • Helsingborg Municipality (S)

  • Business Hub Fyn (Erhvervshus Fyn) (DK)

    Business Hub Fyn is the regional development company of 10 municipalities of Fyn in the center of Denmark, with a total population of 490.000 inhabitants. 
    Business Hub Fyn is developing a sustainable tourism strategy as a contribution to the project.
  • Province of Friesland (NL)

    Friesland is a province in the north of the Netherlands. Friesland had 649,957 inhabitants in 2020. The capital is Leeuwarden. In addition to Dutch, Frisian has the status of national language in the province. Together with municipalities, the regional department of infrastructure and the provincial water board, Friesland is implementing a common strategy for circular procurement.

  • Leiedal (BE)

    Leiedal is an inter-local association for regional development in South-West Flanders that develops a region of thirteen cities and municipalities with a population of 315 000 inhabitants. Working on regional development is a.o. providing an answer to challenges, related to energy, mobility, heritage, sustainable business parks, city core reinforcement, and climate. Within the scope of CIRC NSR, Leiedal is focusing on defining a regional strategy on the implementation of circular construction within business park development.
  • Nyborg Municipality (DK)

    Nyborg Kommune is situated on the East-coast of the region of Fyn in Denmark at the end of the Great Belt Bridge at the sea side. In the heart of the medieval town Nyborg lies the old castle where the first constitution in Denmark was signed in 1282 and the royal family lived in the middle age. The landscape, coastline and history makes the municipality an attractive place to live, work and visit. The town council has agreed on Politics on Green Transition with ambitious goals on climate and resources and has become an active partner in the implementation of circular and sustainable tourism and economy. Within the project CIRC NSR, the partner Nyborg Kommune will focus on the development of circular economy governance toolbox in cooperation with the transnational partnership.


Research partners (red stars):

  • Roskilde University (DK)

    Roskilde University Center is situated in Roskilde outside of Copenhagen. The university is participating with competences on governance mechanisms in regional development, and are responsible for the data analysis on governance exploration.
  • The Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) (DE)

    The Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) is an independent economic research institute that carries out basic and applied research, while providing impetus for business, politics and society.

  • Lund University (attached) (SE)

    Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö.

    Several departments do research on the circular economy, in particular IIIEE (The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics), the department of business administration, and the department for service studies. This research is, for examples, about circular product design, circular business models, accounting for the circular economy, circular economy taxation, consumption and circular economy, waste in the circular economy, circular cities and regions, and measuring circularity.