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I am an associate professor at the Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems (IEBIS) Department. With a background in industrial engineering, I hold a PhD in the field of Innovation Management and Product Development. I specifically research on sustainable supply chain management and circular economy, with particular attention on industrial symbiosis networks and sustainable business models. Bio-based economy, renewable energy, and circular construction ecosystems are also within my expertise. I am the Resilience Theme chair of the BMS Faculty, founder of Sustainable and Resilient Circular Economy Laboratory (SRC Lab), and the Circular Economy Platform Twente (CEP Twente).

My overall goal is supporting sustainable circular economy transition and sustainable energy transition under the umbrella of industrial, rural, and urban symbiosis as three pillars of circular economy. In this transition phase, development of emerging technologies such as IT-based decision support tools covers an important part of my multi- and cross-disciplinary research. Methodologically, these tools operate based on the development of recommender algorithms, game theory models, agent-based modelling, and input-output modelling to support companies, society, policy-makers, and researchers through a transition to smart, sustainable, and resilient industry and to circular economy.


  • Social Sciences

    • Enterprises
    • Production
    • Approach
    • Company
  • Computer Science

    • Multi Agent Systems
    • Models
    • Design
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences

    • Symbiosis


With a background in industrial engineering , I hold a PhD degree from Interpolytechnic School of Doctorate (Politecnico di Bari, Politecnico di Milano, and Politecnico di Torino, 2010, Italy). My studies cover a variety of topics among which sustainable supply chain management, circular economic business models, bio-based economy, industrial symbiosis networks, decision-making in transition from linear to circular economy, and use of online IT platforms for sustainable business development.

My research has been supported by multiple grants won from diverse institutions. The largest and most recent one is a Horizon Europe project: "Sustainable Circular Economy Transition: from Industrial Symbiosis to Hubs for Circularity - IS2H4C", with a scale of 23,5 million euros of which 20 million euros is granted by the European Commission. I serve as the coordinator of the IS2H4C project which is going to run between 2024 and 2029.¬† Previously, I served as the technical manager of the the ‚ÄėSHAREBOX:¬†Developing a secure management platform for shared process resources‚Äô also financed by the European Commission (2015-2020).

I am a member of the Association of Sustainable Process Industries through Resource and Energy Efficiency (A.SPIRE) and serve in A.SPIRE’s Industrial and Urban Symbiosis working group contributing to A.SPIRE’s 2050 Roadmap for Sustainable Process Industries, namely Processes4Planet which aims at setting up 2050 sustainability goals of process industry and defining strategic actions to reach these goals.

I coordinate the Circular Economy Platform Twente which is a community engagement project to foster interdisciplinary research on circular economy at UT and diffuse circularity practices at regional scale in Overijssel.


An industrial symbiosis simulation game: Evidence from the circular sustainable business development classJournal of industrial ecology, 25(6), 1688-1706. Fraccascia, L., Sabato, A. & Yazan, D. M.https://doi.org/10.1111/jiec.13183A holistic technological eco-innovation methodology for industrial symbiosis developmentSustainable Production and Consumption, 28, 1538-1551. Castiglione, C., Yazan, D. M., Alfieri, A. & Mes, M.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spc.2021.09.002Towards Circular Economy through Industrial Symbiosis in the Dutch construction industry: A case of recycled concrete aggregatesJournal of cleaner production, 293, Article 126083. Yu, Y., Yazan, D. M., Bhochhibhoya, S. & Volker, L.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.126083Multiagent Task Coordination as Task Allocation Plus Task ResponsibilityIn Multi-Agent Systems and Agreement Technologies: 17th European Conference, EUMAS 2020, and 7th International Conference, AT 2020, Thessaloniki, Greece, September 14-15, 2020, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 571-588). Springer. Yazdanpanah, V., Dastani, M., Fatima, S., Jennings, N. R., Yazan, D. M. & Zijm, H.https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-66412-1_37Toward building recommender systems for the circular economy: Exploring the perils of the European Waste CatalogueJournal of environmental management, 277, Article 111430. van Capelleveen, G., Amrit, C., Zijm, H., Yazan, D. M. & Abdi, A.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.111430Exploring recommendations for circular supply chain management through interactive visualisationDecision support systems, 140, Article 113431. van Capelleveen, G., van Wieren, J., Amrit, C., Yazan, D. M. & Zijm, H.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dss.2020.113431
Dynamics and Allocation of Transaction Cost in Multiagent Industrial SymbiosisarXiv.org. Yazdanpanah, V., Yazan, D. M. & Zijm, W. H. M.Circular eco-industrial park design inspired by nature: An integrated non-linear optimization, location, and food web analysisJournal of environmental management, 270, Article 110866. Genc, O., Kurt, A., Yazan, D. M. & Erdis, E.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110866Learning strategic cooperative behavior in industrial symbiosis: A game-theoretic approach integrated with agent-based simulationBusiness strategy and the environment, 29(5), 2078-2091. Yazan, D. M., Yazdanpanah, V. & Fraccascia, L.https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.2488Energy-based industrial symbiosis: a literature review for circular energy transitionEnvironment, Development and Sustainability. Fraccascia, L., Yazdanpanah, V., van Capelleveen, G. & Yazan, D. M.https://doi.org/10.1007/s10668-020-00840-9Coordinating Multiagent Industrial Symbiosis. ArXiv.org. Yazdanpanah, V., Yazan, D. M. & Zijm, H.https://arxiv.org/abs/2006.01784Industrial Symbiosis Recommender Systems. University of Twente. van Capelleveen, G. C.https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036550079Task Coordination in Multiagent SystemsIn AAMAS '20: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems (pp. 2056-2058). ACM Publishing. Yazdanpanah, V., Dastani, M., Fatima, S., Jennings, N. R., Yazan, D. M. & Zijm, H.https://doi.org/10.5555/3398761.3399073The Role of Redundancy in Industrial Symbiotic Business Development: A Theoretical Framework Explored by Agent-Based SimulationInternational journal of production economics, 221, Article 107471. Fraccascia, L., Yazan, D. M., Albino, V. & Zijm, H.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2019.08.006Sustainable operations of industrial symbiosis: an enterprise input-output model integrated by agent-based simulationInternational journal of production research, 58(2), 392-414. Yazan, D. M. & Fraccascia, L.https://doi.org/10.1080/00207543.2019.1590660A multiagent framework for coordinating industrial symbiotic networksCEUR workshop proceedings, 2706, 38-53. Yazdanpanah, V., Yazan, D. M. & Zijm, H. H. M.http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2706/paper9.pdfTransaction Cost Allocation in Industrial Symbiosis: A Multiagent Systems ApproachIn BNAIC Benelearn 2020 Proceedings (pp. 324-338). Leiden University. Yazdanpanah, V., Yazan, D. M. & Zijm, W. H. M.

Research profiles

In terms of education, I am coordinating the interdisciplinary Circular Economy Transition bachelor minor module where I also teach Circularity Management and Technology course; giving the master course of Circular Sustainable Business Development; and contributing the Consumer Products bachelor module with the course of Sustainable Supply Chains for Consumer Products.

I am the founder of Sustainable and Resilient Circular Economy Laboratory: SRC Lab, an online learning environment operating with multiple online serious games. The games located in SRC Lab are Circular Economy Transition City game (given in Circular Economy Transition minor), Industrial Symbiosis Game, and Circularity Platform for Construction Industry (both given in Circular Sustainable Business Development course).

These are all inter- and cross-disciplinary educational activities with the involvement of multiple students from multiple backgrounds at UT.

Affiliated study programs

Courses academic year 2023/2024

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.

Courses academic year 2022/2023

A short list of recent grants is provided below.

* 2023¬† ¬† ¬†‚ā¨ 23.311.235 (3.392.000 for University of Twente, project coordinator, UT team: Yifei Yu, Alessio Trivella, Daniela Guericke, Marcos Machado, Patricia Rogetzer, Abhishta Abhishta, Canan Acar) from¬†European Commission - Horizon Europe for "Sustainable Circular Economy Transition: From Industrial Symbiosis to Hubs for Circularity: IS2H4C". Consortium composed of 34 partners from 9 countries.

* 2021¬† ¬† ¬† ‚ā¨ 21.700 (main applicant, with the research team Luca Fraccascia, Yifei Yu, and Patricia Rogetzer) from¬†University of Twente, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, call for WSV Innovative Teaching proposals, for "Serious gaming for Circular Economy Transition (SG4CET)".

* 2020¬† ¬† ¬† ‚ā¨ 275.000 (main applicant, with the research team Yu, Y., Iacob M., Junjan, V.) from¬†University of Twente, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, call for BMS Signature proposals, for "Engineering an Information Platform for Sustainable, Smart, and Resilient Circular Construction Ecosystems".

* 2015¬† ¬† ¬† ‚ā¨ 5.910.000 (‚ā¨ 725.000 for University of Twente) from¬†European Commission Horizon2020 call for SPIRE6 ‚Äď Sustainable Process Industries¬†for Energy and Resource Efficiency, for ‚ÄúSecure Management Platform for Shared Process Resources ‚ÄďSHAREBOX‚ÄĚ Consortium composed of 15 partners from 6 different European countries. Roles: Technical manager of the project and the leader of Workpackage 3 (Smart decision-support tools).¬†


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