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Hi! I'm Katie.

I founded In the Loop Games to raise awareness about circular economy. I believe triggering engagement is the first step towards change. That's why I LOVE interactive facilitation methods like game-based learning.


Save time and use my free presentation slide deck which covers circular economy principles, circular business models, and more.

A Little Bit About Me

Created 2 serious games about circular economy.

Research sustainable business at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.

Host the Getting in the Loop circular economy podcast.

My last name sounds like an animal (whale-n).

Can't get enough of outdoor-sports, especially ice skating.

Professional Bio

Dr. Katherine (Katie) Whalen is a Researcher in Sustainable Business at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. Her research focuses on how to design and implement sustainable, circular business models, especially in regard to the design of products for long-life and value extension. She hosts the Getting in the Loop circular economy podcast, recognized by GreenBiz as a top sustainability podcast. Katherine is also the creator of two circular economy games, used in over 30 countries.

The In the Loop Board Game started from Katherine's Master’s graduation project at Delft University of Technology (NL). Following three years of extensive development, testing, and a successful crowd-funding campaign, the In the Loop Board Game game is now used regularly by practitioners and educators in over 30 countries.

In the Loop: Circular Business Deck is Katherine's latest game. It is a card game based on research conducted during her PhD on circular business models. Katherine has also assisted others through the crazy yet rewarding process of developing a serious game. Most recently she partnered with an EIT Raw Materials consortium employing game-based learning to foster entrepreneurship within the European raw materials sector.

Katherine holds a PhD in Industrial Environmental Economics from Lund University (Sweden) and previously led the Circular Design Programme at Circle Economy (NL).