Our highlight this week: Aristide Athanassiadis

Sustainable Urban Systems

Aristide is Chair of Circular Economy and Urban Metabolism at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Within this framework he attempts to build bridges between the academia, public administrations and “circular” actors in order to accelerate Brussels’ transition towards a more circular economy and metabolism. During the last years, he has advised and has acted as a external consultant for a number of local, regional and international administrations and organisations on the topics of urban metabolism and circular economy. Finally, Aristide co-created the non-profit organisation and open-source urban metabolism platform Metabolism of Cities. This initiative aims to promote urban metabolism by bringing together people, data and publications in one central place and developing free online tools for teaching and research. 


Aristide’s main research interest areas:

  • Urban metabolism 
  • Material flows analysis 
  • Material stock analysis
  • Circular economy
  • Open science

Aristide’s favorite cities and why:

Brussels for its laid back vibe and great people (not for the weather), Melbourne for the outdoors activities, and Athens and Madrid for their complete chaos.


Aristide’s collaboration interests

I'm always interested in collaborating with colleagues on making our research more accessible (and interesting) to policy, practice and the general public. This can be from creating tools, reports, videos, exhibitions, podcasts, etc.