Subject Sections

Members of the ISIE are able to join subject sections as part of their membership. Sections provide a small community within the ISIE through which ideas are exchanged and collaborations are formed.  Members can engage on a minimal level or can be considered for leadership positions within a Section. Read below to learn more about the currently active subject sections.


The Student Chapter provides support for today’s students – the future industrial ecologists – to enter and collaborate with the International Society of Industrial Ecology. Not only that, it provides a space for students to interact with each other and with professionals and share resources, databases, and dissertations, among other things.

Today, students represent an important share of the ISIE membership. The offer of study courses and master’s and PhD programs related to industrial ecology is growing each year. You can find a list with industrial ecology related courses and programs here.

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Industrial Symbiosis and Eco-industrial Development

Those of us with a passion for translating the theories of industrial ecology into practice are pleased to announce the Section of the International Society for Industrial Ecology devoted to industrial symbiosis. Practitioners might be more familiar with the terms Eco-Industrial development or Eco-Industrial networking, rather than industrial symbiosis. I hope you will choose to enroll in the Industrial Symbiosis/Eco-Industrial Development Section of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. At future ISIE conferences, members from our section will serve as moderators for industrial symbiosis presentations. Download bylaws here.

If you are interested in Industrial Symbiosis, Eco-Industrial Development, are a practitioner or an academic; we invite you to join the Industrial Symbiosis Eco-Industrial Development Council. We have posted by-laws and information on creating indicators for eco-industrial parks which we hope to engage our community of members in discussing and preparing.

The purpose of this Section is to develop industrial symbiosis internationally in academia and to promote its application in policy and businesses. This includes establishing and maintaining cooperation with international organizations, companies, and government organizations.

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Sustainable Urban Systems

Welcome to the Sustainable Urban Systems Section (SUS Section)!

We are working hard on the new SUS Section platform. Constantly you will find new content that allows you to keep up to date on the new developments, research, events and disruptive innovations regarding sustainable urban systems and its development using IE concepts. So stay tune for more!


In the Events Section you will find upcoming events worldwide of interest for the SUS Section community.

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Learn all about the news from our members and contributors. In this section you can contribute with any news you might have of interest to the SUS Section community and keep yourself up to date with the new developments from our wrodwide members!


In the Resources Section you will find Dissertations and Research Projects from our members, Links of Interests, and Administrative Documents from our section.

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Check out the members of the SUS Section! You will find worldwide members with multiple disciplines and one common interest: the research and development of sustainable urban systems. Look for colleagues on your specific area of interest and connect to them for possible collaborations! Don’t miss out the opportunity to interact and get to know our SUS Section members: JOIN US NOW! 

Member Spotlights

Launched in April 2018, Member Spotlights is a new program to connect our members and help everybody to get to know each other. We do this by releasing a new member intro periodically. This section features a members who explains more about her/his background, research interests, collaboration ideas, etc. 


In this section you will find all the information regarding the administrative work force of the SUS Section.

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If you have any questions or if you want to give us your input please write us will write back to you as soon as possible. We thank you in advance for your interest in the SUS Section!



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Socio-Economic Metabolism

Welcome to the Socio-Economic Metablism (SEM) Section!

Information on upcoming and previous sessions of the ISIE-SEM perpetual online conference can be found here.

Our section platform will keep you up-to-date on new developments, events and research within socio-economic metablism.

13th ISIE-SEM Conference 2019


In the Events Section you will find upcoming events worldwide of interest for the SEM Section community.

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Members and How to Join

Check out the members of the SEM Section. Here, you will find information about our members all with one common interest: the study and development of socio-economic metabolism. Connect with colleagues within our field.

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Please send your questions, comments and feedback to Thank you for your interest in the SEM Section!


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Environmentally Extended Input Output Section

The purpose of this Section is to develop environmentally extended input output analysis internationally in academia and to promote its application in policy and businesses. This includes establishing and maintaining cooperation with international organizations, companies, and government organizations. The section may collaborate with the International Input Output Association when organizing its activities.”

More specifically, the section may engage in the following activities:

  1. discussing and developing best practices in EE IO methodology.
  2. providing a platform for exchange of EE IO data in a common format, or mutual support between members in data development.
  3. providing a platform for exchange of operational procedures and scripts.
  4. engaging with National Statistical Offices and similar bodies such as EUROSTAT, UN Statistical Division, FAO, and others, to improve official data and methodologies used in EE IO.
  5. engaging with other professional organizations in the field, most notably IIOA.
  6. organizing dedicated EE IO tracks during ISIE conferences, other suitable conferences, or organizing smaller workshops/events on EE IO.
  7. promoting applications of EE IO in poltical and corporate decision-making.
  8. disseminating advancements of science in EE IO to non-academic audiences.
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Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment

This section will focus on life cycle assessment (LCA) as currently existing and on life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) as a direction in which LCA is likely to develop. This section is intended for those working in the field of LCA and LCSA, for those interested in promoting life-cycle thinking, and also for those interested in bringing various life-cycle based tools together and linking them to appropriate questions and applications. We believe the section will provide a platform for IE scholars already working in this field and may draw new perspectives and scholars to the field of IE.

Environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) has developed quickly over the last three decades. Beginning as merely energy analysis and expanding to a comprehensive environmental burden analysis in the 1970s, full-fledged life cycle impact assessment and life cycle costing (LCC) models were introduced in the 1980s and 1990s, and social-LCA and particularly consequential LCA gained ground in the first decade of the 21st century. Many of the more recent developments have been initiated to broaden traditional environmental LCA to a more comprehensive Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA; cf. Guinée et al., LCA is evolving into LCSA, which is a trans-disciplinary framework for integration of models rather than a model in itself. LCSA works with a plethora of disciplinary models and guides selection of the most appropriate to address any specific sustainability question. The main challenge is structuring, selecting, and making the diversity of disciplinary models available for practical application to all types of life cycle sustainability questions. Within this broader view, traditional environmental LCA still has its value fulfilling one specific requirement of this broader life-cycle sustainability framework.

This IE section offers a platform for discussing methodology proposals and case studies addressing the broadening and deepening of LCA into LCSA, addressing topics such as:

  • Developing Methods
    • Improving and developing traditional environmental LCA;
    • Aligning and integrating environmental LCA with LCC and LCSA;
    • Linking LCA methods to developments in Eco-Efficiency, Eco-Innovation, and other tools like Material Flow Analysis (MFA);
    • Incorporating forecast modeling into life-cycle based approaches to make predictive or anticipatory assessments;
  • Expanding the Use of LCSA
    • Providing LC(S)A resources for young researchers and ISIE members interested in using LC(S)A;
    • Improving LC(S)A methods so they can be more effective in informing and guiding the overall sustainable development of society;
    • Developing guidance and educational materials for those interested in utilizing LC(S)A, so they understand life-cycle based approaches and tools, know when and where to apply which tools, and know how to apply to different levels of analysis, from products, to companies, sectors and societies;
    • Promoting the existence and use of LC(S)A to the general public, including in evidence-based policy and regulatory decisions;

From these topics it is likely that this section will make cross-links between sections, such as with the IE sections on Material Flow Analysis (MFA), Environmentally Extended Input Output (EEIO) and the upcoming section on SCP. Moreover, owing to the multi-disciplinarity of the issue, we will strive to attract new scholars to the field of IE, for example, social science scholars. We would also like to explore the possibilities for joint PhD colloquia for engineering/environmental science research students and social science research students.

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Island Industrial Ecology

Islands are sites of compound events and multiple risks. They are highly vulnerable to the impacts of global warming such as sea-level rise, flooding, droughts, and hurricanes. Practices such as infrastructure development along the coast, high imports, undiversified exports, poor waste management, and centralized energy systems are additional stressors. At the same time, islands are excellent systems for Industrial Ecology scholarship and offer a rare opportunity for sustainability research and transformation. With relatively well-defined boundaries, naturally and socially, they can be “real-world laboratories”, an approach that is gaining momentum in addressing societal challenges.

The Island Industrial Ecology (or Island-IE) section of the ISIE promotes basic and policy-relevant industrial ecology research on islands to foster a transformation to sustainability. The Section encourages combining transdisciplinary approaches to engage stakeholders for more inclusive resource-use patterns on islands. Section members address issues such as resource self-sufficiency, food, and energy security, sustainable water and nutrient management, (disaster) waste management, resilient infrastructure, and the equitable distribution of costs and benefits of resource-use. Concepts applied include (but not limited to) circular economy, socio-metabolic research, industrial symbiosis, decoupling, life-cycle approaches, citizen science, material recoverability, green infrastructure, and nature-based solutions to enhance system resilience.


You can find the bylaws for the Island Industrial Ecology Section here.

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