Monday, 13 March 2017

Post from Prof. Helmut RECHBERGER

The second edition of the Handbook of Material Flow Analysis by IS4IE members Paul H. Brunner and Helmut Rechberger has recently been released. 
The Handbook continues to serve as the only book on MFA, it provides MFA definitions and describes all the relevant MFA procedures from the framework of Anthropogenic Metabolism. 
It features a concise description of MFA freeware STAN, explores a fresh, data-based treatment of uncertainty and contains new case studies about resource and waste management.
Handbook of Material Flow Analysis
For Environmental, Resource, and Waste Engineers,
Second Edition

Paul H. Brunner
Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
Helmut Rechberger
Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

In this second edition of a bestseller, authors guide professional newcomers as well
as experienced engineers and scientists towards mastering the art of material flow
analysis (MFA) from the very beginning to an advanced state of material balances of complex systems. This book serves as a concise and reproducible methodology and a basis for analysis, assessment and improvement of anthropogenic systems through an approach that is helpfully uniform and standardized; a vital resource for the growing MFA community working in the fields of industrial ecology, resource
management, waste management, and environmental protection.

• Continues to serve as the only book on material flow analysis (MFA)
• Provides Material Flow Analysis definitions and describes all the relevant MFA procedures from the framework of Anthropogenic Metabolism
• Features a concise description of MFA freeware STAN and includes software STAN and links to STAN2WEB
• Explores a fresh, data-based treatment of uncertainty
• Contains new case studies about resource management and waste management

Catalog no. K25579
December 2016, 435 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-4987-2134-9
$169.95 / £108.00

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Post from Dr Tommy Wiedmann

JECS Special Issue on MRIO for global resource policy

The Journal of Economic Structures is calling for papers on "Multiregional input-output analysis for global resource policy".
The Special Issue aims to summarize the recent progress of MRIO analysis focusing on natural resources and to understand its potential for the design of global resource policies. We are inviting papers on the analysis of natural resource use with MRIO models and welcome any analysis on specific resources or specific countries. Submission deadline for abstracts is 31 May 2017.

For details see:

Dr Tommy Wiedmann

Associate Professor of Sustainability Research
Sustainability Assessment Program | School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
UNSW Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
T: +61 2 9385 0142

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

POST from Dr. Dombi Mihály,

Dear Colleagues!

The membership of the Socio-Economic Metabolism section of International Society for Industrial Ecology will be probably interested in the call for papers attached to my letter. CASES (Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems) is an open access interdisciplinary journal that deals with the interrelations of human beings with ecosystems in sustainable land use and land development.


Mihály Dombi, University of Debrecen, Hungary (Coordinating Editor)
Luis Inostroza, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Dominik Wiedenhofer, Alpen-Adria University, Institute of Social Ecology Vienna, Austria
Socioeconomic metabolism research has been developing intensively in the last decades. Methods and tools of different temporal and spatial analyses were successfully established and applied by a broadening scientific community. Recently, one of the paths providing a deeper understanding of sustainability problems and resource requirement in particular, has been the joint analysis of material stocks and flows. Results have revealed an extremely high physical amount of stocks, relative to flows, in societal systems thus material stocks may intensely influence or even determine the resource use. From the perspective the Special Issue on the “Size of the Society” will focus on (but will not be restricted to) the following subjects:
• Accounting for material flows and stocks of the socioeconomic metabolism
• Role of stocks in the socioeconomic metabolism
• Stocks and flows of food supply chain
• Urban metabolism
Growing material requirements of the global society performs as the main driver of unsustainable development paths. Utilization of increasing amounts of natural resources will lead to significant changes in the ecosystem, to which adaptation capacity is uncertain. This special issue will include submissions from the meeting “The Size of The Society – International workshop on linkages between material flows and stocks of socio-economic metabolism” (Debrecen, Hungary, January 27-28, 2017) and is open to contributions from other researchers dealing with these topics. Articles submitted to CASES Special Issue will deal with theoretic issues and evidences for crucial role of material stocks and flows in the socio-ecological systems.
CASES (Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems) is an interdisciplinary journal that deals with the interrelations of human beings with ecosystems in sustainable land use and land development. Socio-Ecological Systems are a leading and internationally approved concept for understanding, describing and modeling the complex human-nature environment. By focussing on socio-ecological systems, we open a wide view on many complementary disciplines that help us to develop a vision of the world of tomorrow. Feel invited to join and share your ideas!
The authors are kindly invited to register at CASES paper processing system and submit their contribution using a special track established for this Special Issue (Size of the Society). All papers will go through CASES high standards, quick, fair and comprehensive peer-review procedure. In case of any questions please contact the Coordinating Editor Mihály Dombi or the Journal Editor, Christine Fürst.
As an author of CASES Special Issue Size of the Society on you will benefit from:
 transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by our Guest Editors
 efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open e-technology
 no publication fees
 free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions

Yours sincerely,
Mihály Dombi

Dr. Dombi Mihály
Debreceni Egyetem
Gazdaságtudományi Kar
Közgazdaságtan Intézet
Környezetgazdaságtan Tanszék

Mihály Dombi, Ph.D.
professor assistant
University of Debrecen
Faculty of Economics and Business 
Institute of Economics
Department of Environmental Economics

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Post from Dr. Xavier Gabarrell Durany

Dear  Colleagues
I wanted to let you know of a information about: 

5 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Climate and Global Change
Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA)
‘Maria de Maetzu’ Unit of Excellence
More information on:

Thank you very much!
Best regards

Dr. Xavier Gabarrell Durany

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Post from Dr Xavier Gabarrell Durany

Dear Colleagues,
I wanted to let you know of a new post doc position, working on eco-innovation, LCA and industrial Ecology in Sostenipra research group at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
Thank you very much!

Dr Xavier Gabarrell Durany
Sostenipra 2014 SGR 1412
Departament Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental
Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA). Unidad de excelencia «María de Maeztu» (MDM-2015-0552)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Professor visitant Universidad de Chile

ORCID: 0000-0003-1730-4337.

Announcement for a post doc position in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: Urban Agriculture in the Industrial Ecology Framework
P-Sphere programme, coordinated by the UAB, is offering 3 years postdoctoral fellowship to experienced researchers under Cofund Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.  The position is based in Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain). The aim of the Urban Agriculture in the Industrial Ecology Framework project is to advance the ongoing research in the water-energy-food nexus carried out by Sostenipra (

Call open: 9 September, 2016
Deadline: 9 December, 2016

Detailed description is provided here:

Post from Prof. Dr. Marina Fischer-Kowalski

Announcement of our new book on "Social Ecology" that presents theory and empirical demonstrations for the socio-metabolic approach our team pursues for three decades.

Social Ecology. Society-Nature Relations across Time and Space.
Springer 2016.

See also

Univ.Prof.Marina Fischer-Kowalski.

Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna. Schottenfeldgasse 29, 1070.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Post from Organizers of ISIE-SEM AP conference

The Joint International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) 12th Socio-Economic Metabolism section conference and 5th Asia-Pacific conference (ISIE SEM-AP 2016) was held on 28-30 Sep 2016 at Nagoya University, Japan.

About 200 attendees from 25 countries joined the conference, engaging in thoughtful and provoking discussions on the topics of circular economy, material consumption, and the sustainability of our societies.
We had the opportunity to hear to 9 great keynotes: Prof Chris Kennedy (ISIE President, University of Victoria, Canada), Prof Marina Fischer-Kowalski (Institute of Social Ecology, Austria), Prof Yuichi Moriguchi (University of Tokyo, Japan), Ms Chikako Takase (United Nations Centre for Regional Development), Prof Heinz Schandl (CSIRO, Australia; Nagoya University, Japan), Ms Masako Yamato (Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan), Prof Hisato Okamoto (Frontier of Socio-Science studies, Japan), Prof Clemens Deilmann (IOER, Germany), Dr Walter Reinhardt (United Nations Environment Programme).

Attendees contributed with 120 oral presentations and 60 poster, on the topics of: Indicators of resource consumption; Material stock-flow dynamics on the national and global scales; Water as a nexus of Industrial Ecology research; Supply chains and global networks; Cities as focal points of sustainable planning; Innovations in formulation of policy-relevant data; Sustainable management of primary & secondary resources; Mitigating emissions in industry; Industrial Ecology-informed Policy and education; Drivers & footprints of carbon and other emissions; Identifying key material flows and life-cycles; Industrial symbiosis, eco-industry, and production; Drivers of resource use and consumption; Multi-scale Metabolism Studies; The Industrial Ecology of municipal & household solid waste; The environmental impacts of material stock accumulation; Next-generation Material Stocks that realise the full potential of resources; Sustainable transportation systems; Material stocks of the built environment; The Industrial Ecology of consumer products; An Industrial Ecology approach to energy and electricity. Talking about poster, many thanks to ISIE and Springer for sponsoring the best students' poster competition prizes!

As side activities, we hosted a special day tailored for students on September 27th, where 7 prominent members of ISIE shared the path that lead them to join our thriving society: Dr. Tim Baynes (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia); Dr. Jonathan Cullen (University of Cambridge, UK); Prof. Marina Fischer-Kowalski (Alpen-Adria University, Austria); Prof. Yasushi Kondo (Waseda University, Japan); Prof. Stefan Pauliuk (University of Freiburg, Germany); Prof. Sabrina Spatari (Drexel University, USA); Dr. Xin Tian (Beijing Normal University, China). Furthermore, attendees also had the opportunity to visit the production lines to the Toyota Motor Company and visit their car lineup museum.

Thanks to all the attendees who travelled from far, and also to the organisers who made the conference possible! See you in 2018 in Berlin (Germany) for the 13th ISIE-Socio-Economic Metabolism conference, and in Tsingdao (China) for the 6th ISIE Asia-Pacific conference!

Alessio Miatto, Ph.D. candidate
Tanikawa laboratory, Department of Environmental Engineering and Architecture,
Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University