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Member Spotlights: Paul Currie

I would describe myself as a systems thinker - I am intrigued by the different types of relationships that we have with people, nature and infrastructures, and the complex layerings of cause, effect and feedback that drive our systems. I completed an Ecology undergraduate in Stony Broo...

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New Metabolism of Cities website is out! Feedback most welcome.

Dear all,

Some of you might already know about the work we are doing at Metabolism of Cities (an online and open source web platform).

For some years now, we have tried to centralise information (articles, research projects, data, etc.) around urban metabolism. That also le...

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Member Spotlights: David Bristow

David Bristow is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria where he runs the Cities and Infrastructure Systems Lab ( and where is a member of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic,

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Member Spotlights: Zhaoyu Kou

I am a PhD student in the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University, specializing in the field of Operations Research. My current research interest focuses on the optimization of sustainable multi-modal urban transportation systems and the understanding of urban travel patt...

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Member Spotlights: Matan Mayer

Dr. Matan Mayer is an assistant professor at the School of Architecture and Design at IE University in Madrid. He is an architect and a construction technologist whose research focuses on reducing environmental impacts of buildings and cities through an implementation of life cycle ori...

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Member Spotlights: Kangkang Tong

Kangkang (KK) Tong is a Post-doc at the Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy, University of Minnesota. Her interest is about cities, infrastructure, and sustainability. Her research aims to investigate how and to what extent cities can contribute to sustainable deve...

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Member Spotlights: Shoshanna Saxe


My central research question is investigating how the design and provision of infrastructure interact with societal scale goals (particularly around the environment). The goal is to find quantitative methods and tools to better design, build and create policy around...

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Member Spotlights: Tim Baynes

I have broad academic and research experience that I like to think brings some creative thinking on open ended problems of urban sustainability and I particularly like to bring ideas from other disciplines and see how/if they work somewhere else: 'urban metabolism' and 'industrial ecol...

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Member Spotlights: Lynnette Widder

I am trained in architecture and urbanism, with my doctoral work focused on mid-20th century construction history. Practicing architecture in Switzerland and Germany through the 1990s and early 2000s, I was involved in early work on embodied energy calculations, energy efficient buildi...

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Member Spotlights: Mehdi Zahed

I am an architect, Ph.D. student, and educator living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I have a great passion for teaching and learning sustainability topics in construction sector. My research area relates to Building Information Modeling as a tool for LCA. I have developed and currently...

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Member Spotlights: Zicheng (Kevin) Bi

Zicheng (Kevin) Bi is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a life cycle assessment (LCA) specialist working at the nexus of emerging clean vehicle technologies and transportation infrastructure networks. His research ex...

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Member Spotlights: Joe F. Bozeman III

Mr. Bozeman is a Ph.D. candidate in the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy working under the Director, Dr. Thomas L. Theis. His current research focuses on climate change adaptation as it relates to the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus. Specifically, he explores how U.S. food ...

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