Dominik Noll
Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development (MED), University of Évora
Évora, Portugal
Member ID 1667
Member since Oct 25, 2017
Status Active


My career path has started from a practical technical background, completing an apprenticeship in roof construction. Engaging increasingly in nature conservation in different world regions brought me to do bachelor’s studies in Biology and master’s studies in Social Ecology, both in Vienna, Austria. For my master’s thesis I spent a year Mumbai, India, where I conducted a socio-metabolic study on the manufacturing of clay bricks burnt from fertile agricultural soil to be used for stock expansion in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. In November 2021 I completed my PhD at the Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna, in which I have been dealing with a sociometabolic long-term assessment for the Greek island of Samothraki. As co-coordinator of a transdisciplinary project that built the framework for my PhD, I have been intensively engaged with a comprehensive socioecological system analysis of this island community plus practical transition management in collaboration with many partners. Since July 2021 I work at Labscape in an Erasmus+ project on the role of social capital for sustainable rural development. Due to my approved FCT application, I will be increasingly focusing at sociometabolic implications of rapid land use intensification processes in the vicinity of hydrological megaprojects in southern Portugal.


Noll, D., Lauk, C., Haas, W., Singh, S.J., Petridis, P., & Wiedenhofer, D. 2021. “The Sociometabolic Transition of a Small Greek Island: Assessing Stock Dynamics, Resource Flows, and Material Circularity from 1929 to 2019.” Journal of Industrial Ecology 2021; 1-15.

Eisenmenger, N., Pichler, M., Krenmayr, N., Noll, D., Plank, B., Schalmann, E., Wandl, M.T., & Gingrich, S. 2020. “The Sustainable Development Goals Prioritize Economic Growth over Sustainable Resource Use: A Critical Reflection on the SDGs from a Socio-Ecological Perspective.” Sustainability Science 15 (4): 1101–10.

Fischer-Kowalski, M., Löw, M., Noll, D., Petridis, P., & Skoulikidis, N. 2020. “Samothraki in Transition: A Report on a Real-World Lab to Promote the Sustainability of a Greek Island.” Sustainability 12 (5): 1932.

Noll, D., Lauk, C., Gaube, V., & Wiedenhofer, D., 2020. Caught in a Deadlock: Small Ruminant Farming on the Greek Island of Samothrace. The Importance of Regional Contexts for Effective EU Agricultural Policies. Sustainability 12, 762.

Noll, D., Wiedenhofer, D., Miatto, A., & Singh, S.J., 2019. The expansion of the built environment, waste generation and EU recycling targets on Samothraki, Greece: An island’s dilemma. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 150, 104405.

Fetzel, T., Petridis, P., Noll, D., Singh, S.J., & Fischer-Kowalski, M. (2018) Reaching a socio-ecological tipping point: Overgrazing on the Greek island of Samothraki and the role of European agricultural policies. Land Use Policy 76, 21–28.

Petridis, P., Fischer-Kowalski, M., Singh, S.J., & Noll, D. (2017) The Role of Science in Sustainability Transitions: Citizen Science, Transformative Research, and Experiences from Samothraki Island, Greece. Island Studies Journal.

Research Interests

Social (Island/Urban) Metabolism; Stock Modelling; Transdisciplinary Research; Socio-metabolic Transitions; Circular Economy
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Website contributions from this member

31 Oct 2023 Update on the membership proposal “Short-film featuring island industrial ecology activities in Aruba”
28 Mar 2023 Recent Island Industrial Ecology Publications
22 Mar 2023 Can a small island be sustainable?
07 Mar 2022 Is e-waste a threat or an opportunity for small-island economies to transition to a circular economy?
18 Nov 2021 Simran Talwar
24 Oct 2021 New Island Industrial Ecology Publications
24 Oct 2021 Plastic waste management in San Andres Island, Colombia
07 Oct 2021 Chris Matthew
07 Sep 2021 Thomas Y. Chen
09 Aug 2021 Dr. Andrea Thorenz