Towards a Common Language and Data Structure for Resource Management

Daniel B. Mueller, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Socio-metabolic regimes and transitions between them

Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Institute for Social Ecology, Vienna

SEM Session 1 SEM perpetual online conference: Spatially explicit SEM research

Chair: Stefan Giljum / WU Vienna, Austria


Dan Moran / NTNU Trondheim, Norway: “From satellite to supply chains: connecting earth observation data to supply chain models”.

Victor Maus / WU Vienna, Austria: “Using earth observation data to map economic activities: the example of the global mining sector”.

Jing Guo / Nagoya University, Japan: “Urban development and sustainability challenges: 4d-GIS assessments of material flows and stocks of buildings in China”.

Neus Escobar / University of Bonn, Germany: “Mapping carbon emissions embodied in Brazil's soy exports with spatially explicit footprint approaches”.

SEM perpetual online conference: SEM and COVID-19

Session 1 – July: SEM and Covid-19


Benjamin Sprecher, Leiden University “The impact of COVID-19 on the resource extraction sector: short term and structural effects”

Vered Blass, Tel Aviv University “Consumption and recycling behavior before and in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic: insights from Israeli survey and implications for future IE research”

Dominik Wiedenhofer and Helmut Haberl, Institute of Social Ecology “Lessons for crisis recovery from a systematic review of the evidence on decoupling”

SEM perpetual online conference: SEM and COVID-19

In our socio-economic metabolism, material stocks are the other side of the coin to material flows. We need to consider both stocks and flows simultaneously for sustainable development. In the January session, we focus on the material stocks of our society from many aspects including indicators, materials, modelling and life cycle impacts.

SEM Chair and organizer: Hiroki Tanikawa, Nagoya University, Japan
1) Tomer Fishman, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel, A framework of indicators for associating material stocks and flows to service provisioning

2) Ippei Maruyama, The University of Tokyo, Japan, Cement concrete stock and its sustainability (tentative)

3) Maud D. Lanau, the University of Sheffield, U.K., Modeling building stocks for the circular economy

4) Beijia Huang, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China, Life cycle of building material and approaches to mitigate their environmental impacts

SEM perpetual online conference: SEM and and resource inequality

The call for a decent life for all within planetary limits poses a dual challenge: Provide all people with the essential resources needed to live well and, collectively, to not exceed the source and sink capacity of the biosphere to sustain human societies. For socio-economic metabolism research, this means that beyond national averages of resource use, aspects of resource distribution must also be focused on. Resource use and associated greenhouse gas emissions are very unequally distributed across the population. Inequality often follows other existing dimensions of socioeconomic inequality (e.g., income, gender, race, disability), among others. This session addresses the challenges for population-stratified resource accounting and the resulting increasing demands on SEM research for interdisciplinarity with the political and social sciences.

  1. Diana Ivanova, Sustainability Research Institute at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds,
    Energy, carbon and inequality
  2. Joe F. Bozeman III, Institute for Environmental Science and Policy (IESP), ​University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC),
    Social Densification Phenomena and Food-Energy-Water Equity in the United States
  3. Ingram Jaccard, Social Metabolism and Impacts, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research (PIK),
    Achieving Paris and minimum standards of well-being in Europe requires less inequality
Science-Policy Interface in Material Flow Analysis: Lessons from Japanese and International Activities

Yuichi Moriguchi, The University of Tokyo

2030: China's Green Development

Dajian Zhu, Tongji University in Shanghai