ISIE-SEM perpetual online conference: Session 7, February 25, 2021

Socio-Economic Metabolism

We are happy to announce the 7th session of the ISIE Socioeconomic Metabolism Section perpetual online conference: “Socio-economic metabolism and inequality”

The call for a decent life for all within planetary limits poses a dual challenge: Provide all people with the essential resources needed to live well and, collectively, to not exceed the source and sink capacity of the biosphere to sustain human societies. For socio-economic metabolism research, this means that beyond national averages of resource use, aspects of resource distribution must also be focused on. Resource use and associated greenhouse gas emissions are very unequally distributed across the population. Inequality often follows other existing dimensions of socioeconomic inequality (e.g., income, gender, race, disability), among others. This session addresses the challenges for population-stratified resource accounting and the resulting increasing demands on SEM research for interdisciplinarity with the political and social sciences.

Date and TIme: February 25, 2021, 16:00-17:30 CET (show in your timezone) Zoom and YouTube streaming


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Introduction by SEM chair/organizer


15 min presentations with 5 min discussion, followed by ~25 min general discussion


  1. Diana Ivanova, Sustainability Research Institute at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds,
    Energy, carbon and inequality
  2. Joe F. Bozeman III, Institute for Environmental Science and Policy (IESP), ‚ÄčUniversity of Illinois at Chicago (UIC),
    Social Densification Phenomena and Food-Energy-Water Equity in the United States
  3. Ingram Jaccard, Social Metabolism and Impacts, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research (PIK),
    Achieving Paris and minimum standards of well-being in Europe requires less inequality


We’d love to receive your comments and answer any questions you may have –


Be safe and well, 

Best regards,


The SEM section board


Hiroki Tanikawa, Stefan Pauliuk, Gang Liu, Kazuyo Matsubae, Helen Ann Hamilton, Peter-Paul Pichler, Stefan Giljum and Tomer Fishman