Eléonore Maitre-Ekern

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Eléonore Maitre-Ekern, dr. juris, is a postdoctoral researcher (since 2020) at the Department of Private Law, University of Oslo with the ‘Futuring Nordic Sustainable Business Models’ (Futuring Nordics) project. She is involved in several other funded projects (see list below). Eléonore is a member of the Oslo Faculty’s Research Group Companies, Markets and Sustainability (the Company Law Group). In the autumn 2021, she was a visiting researcher at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, where she joined the Centre for International Environmental Studies.

Eléonore’s PhD thesis, which she wrote at the Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, is entitled ‘Towards a Circular Economy for Products: A legal analysis of Europe’s policy and regulatory framework from an ecological perspective’. She successfully defended her PhD thesis in 2019.

Eléonore’s publication list include an edited volume entitled ‘Preventing Environmental Damage from Products. An Analysis of the Policy and Regulatory Framework in Europe’ (Cambridge University Press, 2018, with co-editors Carl Dalhammar and Hans Christian Bugge) and several articles and book chapters on EU law, product law and the circular economy analysed from a sustainability perspective. Many of her papers are available at SSRN, where she is among the top 10 per cent of authors based on total downloads across fields.

Research

Eléonore is concerned with ensuring that the legal framework for the circular economy is able guarantee a sustainable future for humanity; one in which products contribute to social and economic prosperity without threatening the nine planetary boundaries that form the safe space in which humanity can prosper.

Already in writing her PhD, she conducted interdisciplinary research, using methods and theories from law, economics, Earth science, and sociology, an approach she continues developing today through her various projects and collaborations, including new disciplines, such as interaction design, natural sciences, and anthropology.

In her current postdoctoral research, Eléonore explores the sustainability of the circular economy, focusing in particular on repair as a business models. She also aims to develop the policy and legal framework for products to enable and promote sustainable circular business models in the EU and the Nordic countries.

She is also teaching guest lectures on the the regulation of a sustainable circular economy at the Nyenrode Business University, the Netherlands (MBA), and the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland (Executive Certificate in Environmental Governance).

Current projects

Eléonore is at the moment active in four funded projects:

  • Work package leader in EMPOWER, a UiO:Energy-financed Convergence Environment project focusing on the role batteries in the transition towards a sustainable transport future (2022-2026).
  • Member of SHIFT-PLASTICS, a project financed by the Norwegian research Council, focusing on the creation of a sustainable circular value chains for handling plastics in the fisheries and aquaculture sector (2022-2026).
  • Member of Circular Energy, a UiO:Energy-financed project, in the form of a thematic research group, focusing on the role of design, maintenance, and repair in energy conservation in digitalisation technologies (2021-2023).
  • Member of Futuring Nordics, a UiO:Nordic-financed project, in the form of a thematic research group, focusing on the transition towards sustainable business models of Nordic companies (2019-2022). My research focus is repair and sustainable business models.

Past projects

  • Member of Repair & Conserve, a small research project implemented during the summer of 2021, and funded by the UiO:Energy programme. My contribution was to help supervise three students, who conducted 27 interview of independent repairers in Oslo.
  • Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART), a Horizon2020-financed project (2015-2020, completed), in which my contribution was to develop policy reform proposals for products.
  • Preventing environmental effects of products through producer responsibility, a project financed by the Norwegian research Council, through the programme Miljø 2015 (2012-2019, completed). My main contributions were to write a PhD thesis about the Europe’s policy and regulatory framework for a circular economy, and organise an international conference (held in January 2016).

Publications

  • Svensson-Hoglund, Sahra; Richter, Jessika Luth; Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore; Russell, Jennifer D.; Pihlajarinne, Taina & Dalhammar, Carl (2021). Barriers, enablers and market governance: A review of the policy landscape for repair of consumer electronics in the EU and the U.S. Journal of Cleaner Production. ISSN 0959-6526. 288, p. 1–18. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.125488.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2021). Re-thinking producer responsibility for a sustainable circular economy from extended producer responsibility to pre-market producer responsibility. Journal of Cleaner Production. ISSN 0959-6526. 286, p. 1–11. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.125454.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore & Dalhammar, Carl (2019). A Scandinavian Perspective on the Role of Consumers in the Circular Economy. In Terryn, Evelyn & Keirsbilck, Bert (Ed.), Consumer Protection in a Circular Economy. Intersentia. ISSN 9781780686578. p. 201–224.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore & Dalhammar, Carl (2019). Towards a hierarchy of consumption behaviour in the circular economy. Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law (MJ). ISSN 1023-263X. 26(3), p. 394–420. doi: 10.1177/1023263X19840943.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore; Bugge, Hans Christian & Dalhammar, Carl (2018). Present and future challenges for Europe's environmental product policy. In Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore; Dalhammar, Carl & Bugge, Hans Christian (Ed.), Preventing Environmental Damage from Products An Analysis of the Policy and Regulatory Framework in Europe. Cambridge University Press. ISSN 9781108422444. p. 337–349. doi: 10.1017/9781108500128.013.
  • Bugge, Hans Christian; Dalhammar, Carl & Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2018). Developing Legislation to Prevent Environmental Damage from Products: A Herculean but Necessary Task. In Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore; Dalhammar, Carl & Bugge, Hans Christian (Ed.), Preventing Environmental Damage from Products An Analysis of the Policy and Regulatory Framework in Europe. Cambridge University Press. ISSN 9781108422444. p. 1–20. doi: 10.1017/9781108500128.001.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2018). Exploring the spaceship Earth: a circular economy for products. In Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore; Dalhammar, Carl & Bugge, Hans Christian (Ed.), Preventing Environmental Damage from Products An Analysis of the Policy and Regulatory Framework in Europe. Cambridge University Press. ISSN 9781108422444. p. 23–56.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2017). The Choice of Regulatory Instruments for a Circular Economy. In Mathis, Klaus & Huber, Bruce R. (Ed.), Environmental Law and Economics. Springer. ISSN 978-3-319-50931-0. p. 305–334.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore & Dalhammar, Carl (2016). Regulating Planned Obsolescence: A Review of Legal Approaches to Increase Product Durability and Reparability in Europe. Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law. ISSN 2050-0386. 25(3), p. 378–394. doi: 10.1111/reel.12182.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2015). Towards an integrated product regulatory framework based on life-cycle thinking. In Sjåfjell, Beate & Wiesbrock, Anja (Ed.), The Greening of European Business under EU Law. Taking Article 11 TFEU Seriously. Routledge. ISSN 978-1-13-801956-0. p. 144–162.

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  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore; Dalhammar, Carl & Bugge, Hans Christian (2018). Preventing Environmental Damage from Products An Analysis of the Policy and Regulatory Framework in Europe. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108422444. 362 p.

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  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2022). Regulating the Sustainable Circular Economy.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2021). Utvidet produsentansvar i en bærekraftig sirkulær økonomi.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2021). Achieving a sustainable circular economy: The role of precaution.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2021). Repair: an extended producer responsibility.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2020). Regulating the Circular Economy.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2020). Towards a sustainable circular economy.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2019). Taking products out of waste law: A (new) legal framework for the Circular Economy.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2019). Reform proposals for the Circular Economy.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2019). Enabling sustainable consumption: A legal perspective.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2018). Hva skjer med forbrukspolitikk i EU og Norge?
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2018). Consumers in the Circular Economy.
  • Svensson, Sahra; Richter, Jessika Luth; Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore; Pihlajarinne, Taina; Maigret, Aline & Dalhammar, Carl (2018). The emerging 'Right to repair' legislation in the EU and the U.S. .
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2018). The role of consumers in the Circular Economy.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore & Dalhammar, Carl (2018). The role of consumers in the Circular Economy. A Scandinavian Perspective.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2016). Incentives and the choice of instruments for preventing environmental damages from products.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2016). The Choice of Regulatory Instruments for a Circular Economy.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2016). Regulating planned obsolescence: A review of legal approaches to trigger product durability in Europe.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2015). Preventing environmental effects of products: A life cycle and market-oriented approach in European environmental law.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2015). A market-oriented approach to environmental damages .
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2015). Preventing environmental effects of products: A life cycle and market-oriented approach in European environmental law.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2015). Looking for incentives in the Ecodesign Directive.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2013). Creating a Coherent Environmental Protection in European Union Law? An Analysis of Life Cycle Thinking in Product Regulation.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2012). Resolving problems of fragmentation of environmental protection in European Union law? An analysis of life-cycle thinking in product regulation.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore; Taylor, Mark Beaumont & van der Velden, Maja (2020). Towards a Sustainable Circular Economy: SMART Reform Proposals. University of Oslo.
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore (2019). Towards a Circular Economy for Products: A legal analysis of Europe’s policy and regulatory framework from an ecological perspective. Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. ISSN 1890-2375. Full text in Research Archive

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