May 27th: 9th Session of ISIE-SEM Perpetual Conference: Progress in modelling the socio-economic metabolism - combining material flow principles and input-output analysis

Socio-Economic Metabolism

Dear SEM Section members,

In collaboration with the IO section, we are happy to announce the 9th session of the ISIE Socioeconomic Metabolism Section perpetual online conference: “Progress in modelling the socio-economic metabolism - combining material flow principles and input-output analysis”

The goal of this session is to discuss recent research which utilizes novel and innovative cross-fertilizations between material flow analysis and input-output analysis. Assessments of the socio-economic metabolism of economies or regions are increasingly being connected to upstream and downstream supply chains and to material stocks. These are becoming ever more crucial for understanding and shaping the trajectories and prospects for sustainability transformations, making novel combinations and cross-fertilizations between methods and approaches an increasingly important research frontier.

With this session, we therefore aim to bring together researchers combining MFA and IO, to discuss methodological and conceptual progress for long-standing and emerging topics of the sustainability debate. The session is co-chaired by Dr. Dominik Wiedenhofer and Dr. Tomer Fishman, board members of the IO and SEM sections of the International Society for Industrial Ecology.


Date and time: Thursday May 27th, 2021, 16:00 - 17:30 CEST (show in your timezone)

Zoom meeting:

Youtube streaming:



Introduction by chairs/organizers

10-minute presentations with 3 minute discussion

  1. Sónia Cunha, IN+ Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal

Analysis of the socio-economic metabolism of nations: PIOTs compiled from freely available data

  1. Hanspeter Wieland, Institute for Ecological Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria

The PIOLab - Building global physical input-output tables in a virtual laboratory

  1. Shweta Singh, Sustainable Industrial Natural Coupled Systems (SINCS) Group, Purdue University, USA

Integrated Mechanistic Engineering and Input-Output approach for automating generation of Physical Input-Output Tables via Collaborative Cloud Platform

  1. Jan Streeck, Institute of Social Ecology, Department for Economics and Social Sciences, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Differentiating end-uses in inflow-driven dynamic material flow analysis – a review and comparative application of physical and input-output methods

  1. Christoph Helbig, University of Augsburg, Germany

Simultaneously tracing the fate of seven metals with MaTrace-multi

General discussion and Q&A


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

The IO section board: Keisuke Nansai, Kuishuang Feng, Moana Simas, Dominik Wiedenhofer