Heinz Schandl

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
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I am a senior science leader at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra, an honorary Professor at the Australian National University (ANU) Fenner School for Society and Environment 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.

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Member ID 0076
First Name Heinz
Last Name Schandl
Member Since Sep 25, 2001

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.

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Organization Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Email Only visible to members
City Canberra
Country Australia

Website contributions from this member

Jul 05, 2012 From the section board
Nov 04, 2012 From the section board: an eventful month
Jan 06, 2014 Two exciting upcoming conferences
Feb 03, 2013 New year, new adventures
Apr 08, 2015 Upcoming elections of SEM section board – call for nominations
Sep 02, 2015 Gordon Research Conference in Industrial Ecology 2016
Nov 25, 2013 Call for papers: JIE special issue on 'Frontiers in Socio-Economic Metabolism Research'
Oct 27, 2013 Position vacant: Senior Scientist, Sustainable Consumption and Production
Jun 30, 2013 Ulsan conference wrap-up
Sep 27, 2012 This month on the SEM blog ...
Jun 20, 2013 Invitation to the SEM Section Meeting at the ISIE Conference at Ulsan
May 02, 2013 This month on the SEM blog
Mar 06, 2013 This month on the SEM blog
Nov 04, 2012 This month on the SEM blog
Mar 08, 2019 ISIE President's Message: March 2019

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