Heinz Schandl
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Canberra, Australia
Member ID 0076
Member since Sep 25, 2001
Status Active


I am a senior science leader at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra and an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Nagoya University in Japan. I am a member of the UN Environment International Resource Panel and the Expert Group for the Regional 3R Forum for Asia and the Pacific. I am the lead of the waste impact management mission of the Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub of the National Environmental Science Program (NESP).

Research Interests

My research over the past two decades has focused on providing a knowledge base on natural resource use and resource efficiency including its history, the socioeconomic drivers, and its likely trajectory. I address questions including: What is resource efficiency? Why is it important for national economies? How to achieve it? My background in sociology has enabled me to simultaneously identify the determinants of accelerating resource use and to describe potential institutional and governance responses to expand the global economy and human well-being within environmental limits. Additional emphasis was given to equity issues that emerge in the domain of natural resource use and ways in which benefits can be shared. In this research I employ a whole of life cycle perspective on natural resource use (extraction – manufacturing - use – to disposal) and the potential for resource efficiency along the whole supply chain. In such way, multiple entry points for reducing, reusing and recycling of resources can be identified.

My research over the next 5 years will focus on extending the theory and analytical framework, new data-sets and indicators, and devising models to test policy alternatives for their impact on future resource use and economic development. My past research has been instrumental in reaching methodological agreement on how to measure natural resource use of national economies and which indicators to use for the reporting of national resource use. Measuring and modelling of resource use and relating it to socioeconomic determinants to develop options for sustainable development has now become a major objective for many national governments (including the UK, the European Union, Japan, and China) creating exciting opportunities for impact-driven research. My research findings inform policy formulation in the domains of sustainable consumption and production, resource efficiency and green economy an help monitor progress and to evaluate policy outcomes. The potential for science innovation in the domains of industrial ecology and ecological economics are enormous.

Website contributions from this member

25 Oct 2021 ISIE awards the 2021 Society Prize for outstanding contributions to the field of industrial ecology to Professor Shinichiro Nakamura
04 Jun 2021 ISIE Prizes - Call for Nominations
27 Nov 2020 ISIE President's Message: November 2020
24 Sep 2020 ISIE 2021 Leiden Conference Postponed
31 Aug 2020 2019 Annual Report
18 Mar 2020 ISIE Update: the Gordon Research Conference and COVID-19
01 May 2019 ISIE President's Message: April 2019
08 Mar 2019 ISIE President's Message: March 2019
02 Sep 2015 Gordon Research Conference in Industrial Ecology 2016
08 Apr 2015 Upcoming elections of SEM section board – call for nominations
06 Jan 2014 Two exciting upcoming conferences
25 Nov 2013 Call for papers: JIE special issue on 'Frontiers in Socio-Economic Metabolism Research'
27 Oct 2013 Position vacant: Senior Scientist, Sustainable Consumption and Production
30 Jun 2013 Ulsan conference wrap-up
20 Jun 2013 Invitation to the SEM Section Meeting at the ISIE Conference at Ulsan
02 May 2013 This month on the SEM blog
06 Mar 2013 This month on the SEM blog
03 Feb 2013 New year, new adventures
04 Nov 2012 This month on the SEM blog
04 Nov 2012 From the section board: an eventful month
27 Sep 2012 This month on the SEM blog ...
05 Jul 2012 From the section board