Tomer Fishman
Leiden University CML (Institute of Environmental Sciences)
Leiden, Netherlands
Member ID 0464
Member since Mar 11, 2013
Status Active


I'm interested in everything related to material stocks, their service-provisioning, and their impacts: what, where, when, which ones, what for, and why??


My research is focused towards understanding how the materials that accumulate in society in buildings, infrastructure, and other goods affect society, economy, and the environment. I study the flows and stocks of materials in human societies and the mutual interactions of material consumption, economic activity, and development.

I'm an assistant professor at the CML (Institute of Environmental Sciences) in Leiden University, the Netherlands. Prior, I was a lecturer at the school of Sustainability, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel, and a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Industrial Ecology in the Yale School of Environment. I have a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Nagoya University.

I'm co-chair of the ISIE conferences committee and a board member of the SEM section.

My current research explores scenarios and forecasts of the accumulation of critical materials and construction materials accumulation in the global economies, and the environmental consequences of these trends.

Research Interests

• Material stock & flow accounting and analysis
• Socio-economic metabolism
• Drivers of material consumption
• Statistical, econometric, and data-driven analysis and forecasting
• Geospatial (GIS) analysis

Current Projects
• Scenarios of demand and supply of critical materials (rare earths, lithium, platinum) in emerging “green” technologies
• Mapping the materials stocked in buildings & infrastructure using satellite imagery
• Country- and global-scale drivers and forecasts of material stock & flow processes
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Website contributions from this member

18 May 2021 May 27th: 9th Session of ISIE-SEM Perpetual Conference: Progress in modelling the socio-economic metabolism - combining material flow principles and input-output analysis