Policy Instruments for Circular Cities and the Built Environment

Felipe Bucci Ancapi is a PhD researcher at the Department of Management in the Built Environment (MBE) of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft. He works under the supervision of Prof.dr.ir Ellen van Bueren and dr. Karel Van der Berghe. His research focuses on circular city policy coherence, or the (mis)alignment of policy objectives, instruments, and implementation practices in bringing about a more circular built environment within urban areas. More broadly, his research interests are circularity and disaster risk management in cities. In this video, he introduces a classification of policy instruments and gives specific examples of how these can help the transition toward a circular built environment.

Main Takeaways

  • A policy is a process through which governments seek to transform an otherwise problematic situation into a more desirable one.
  • Following the classification of Evert Vedung, there are three types of policy instruments related to the built environment: regulations, economic means, and information means.
  • Very few of these policy instruments are in place: some underpinning reasons for this are tied to multi-level governance, the lack of information and capacities of governments, and political will.


Felipe Bucci Ancapi
Felipe Bucci Ancapi
PhD Researcher

Felipe Bucci Ancapi currently holds a M.Sc. in Urban Environment Management by Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands, and a B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration by University of Concepcion, Chile. He now acts as External consultant to the OECD project “Enabling the Governance of the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions”, commissioned by the European Commission. In the past, he has worked at CircuLaw as a Research Partner.

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The platform is intended to provide with content on either circularity or pedagogy for and about circularity. It is one of the outcomes of the Circular Impulse Initiative (CII), a project intending to enhance the integration of circularity in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment education. The platform mainly aims to help tutors get better acquainted with circularity in the built environment by providing a series of resources on this subject that they can either view to get better informed or directly share with their students in class or online. A large number of the Faculty's professors and researchers have contributed substantially both in creating a coherent narrative for circularity in the built environment as well as further elaborating on different aspects of it. Besides this one, a new platform for interaction and direct exchange was also established in parallel that we call ‘Educators for Circularity‘. This one offers the opportunity for all of us to meet and share our experiences and learn from one another.

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