Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Gordon Research Conference in Industrial Ecology 2016

Opportunities for the critical decade – decoupling well-being from environmental pressures and impacts

The second wave of industrialization and urbanization in many developing countries, and continuing economic growth and consumption in industrialized countries, have led to an acceleration of natural resource use, climate change and a suite of related environmental impacts. The supply chains for natural resources have become more complex and it is harder today to gain knowledge about the environmental footprint of certain products and processes. While the industrialization of developing countries has lifted millions out of poverty it has also contributed to increased global environmental change. To reverse this trend, and to allow the global economy to stay within the limits of the Earth’s resources and ecosystems, the new sustainable development goals call for economic activity and consumption and production processes to be underpinned by large investment and appropriate policy settings to guide decoupling of economic activity from environmental pressure and impacts. This opens a huge window of opportunity for industrial ecology to deliver the knowledge base to transition the current economic pattern to sustainable consumption and production. Industrial ecology concepts and tools support creating sustainable value chains for products and services, to build human settlements and design industrial systems to be maintained with lower material and energy throughput and with fewer emissions. For new industrial ecology technologies and practices to become economically viable and socially acceptable it will require new policy settings and business decisions supported by institutions and governance arrangements that encourage and drive innovation and experiments that ultimately serve decoupling. This conference will investigate the newest insights from the science of industrial ecology to support technological solutions, policy innovation and new business models for sustainable development. This is a critical decade for reconciling human development and environmental protection and we explore the contribution industrial ecology can make.

The 10th biennial Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology (GRC-IE) will be held at the Stoweflake Conference Center, Stowe, Vermont, June 19 to 24, 2016. A companion meeting for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, the Gordon Research Seminar on Industrial Ecology (GRS-IE), will be held in conjunction with the GRC-IE. 

Please see the websites for more information:

Heinz Schandl 
CSIRO, Australia
2016 GRC Conference Chair 

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Environmental Management, University of Queensland, Australia

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Environmental Management

Job no:          497702
Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):  Academic Level B ($86,853.37 to $103,138.09)
Work type:     Full Time Continuing
Location:        St Lucia, Brisbane
Please see the UQ website for further details:

and please note that applications will close on 30 August 2015.

Thanks to Dr Anthony Halog for letting us know about this vacancy.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Section Board election results announced

THANK YOU to everyone who stood as a candidate in the recent ISIE-SEM Section Board election, and thanks too to everyone who voted.

We called for candidates in early April 2015 and by 12 May 2015 eleven people had indicated a willingness to stand for the Section Board election. Candidates' statements were emailed out to members of the SEM section on 12 May, and on the same day members were sent a link to vote, and advised that voting would close at midnight on Tuesday 2 June 2015 (Australian Eastern Standard Time). We ended up with a total of 52 people voting. We asked three international colleagues, who were not candidates for the election, to oversee the election process and confirm the results.

Based on the votes received the eight members of the 2015–2017 SEM Section Board will be:

Gang Liu
Kazuyo Matsubae
Daniel B Müller
Barbara Reck
Heinz Schandl
Hiroki Tanikawa
Heming Wang
Helga Weisz


Sunday, 24 May 2015

Research Assistant position in Environmental Assessment at the University of Melbourne

A 3-year Research Assistant position in Environmental Assessment is available at the University of Melbourne. Please see:

The research project is aimed at investigating the environmental impacts of construction in Australia through the development of a sophisticated hybrid environmental assessment model. 

Applications close on 14 June.

Please pass on to anyone who might be interested.

Thank you.

Dr Tommy Wiedmann
Associate Professor of Sustainability Research
Sustainability Assessment Program 
| School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
UNSW Australia, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia


Dr Robert Crawford
Senior Lecturer in Construction and Environmental Assessment
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, Melbourne School of Design
University of Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

First announcement of ISIE SEM Asia-Pacific conference in Nagoya in 2016

Planning for the next ISIE Socio-Economic Metabolism/Asia-Pacific conference is now underway! It will be held in Nagoya, Japan.

Dates: 28–30 September 2016
Venue: Nagoya University, Japan
Chair: Professor Hiroki Tanikawa (Nagoya University, Japan)
Co-Chair: Professor Tsuyoshi Fujita (NIES, Japan)

Head of Global Environmental Leader Program, NUGELP
Graduate School of Environmental Studies,
Faculty of Engineering, Dept. of Env. and Civil Eng.
Nagoya University, JAPAN

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Upcoming elections of SEM section board – call for nominations

We would like to invite your nominations for the upcoming elections of our section board. Please suggest suitable candidates for the board by 19 April 2015 by email to and

Please make sure that nominated candidates are happy with their nomination and also submit a short statement of less than 300 words describing the candidate and her/his motivation for candidature.

Board elections are planned to be held in early May 2015. You will receive a ballot around that time. We look forward to receiving your nominations and to your participation in the board elections.

Heinz Schandl
SEM section leader

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

PhD Scholarship at UNSW in automated hybrid LCA for the construction industry

A PhD position is available within the Sustainability Assessment Program at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW. The 3-year research is part of an ARC Discovery Project aimed at investigating the environmental impacts of construction in Australia through the development of a sophisticated hybrid environmental assessment model. The project will assist in identifying the most significant environmental impacts, critical areas for mitigation efforts and informing environmental policy and programs within the Australian construction industry.

The PhD position
The PhD researcher will be based at the Water Research Centre at UNSW Kensington Campus, Sydney and will be supervised by Associate Professor Tommy Wiedmann (UNSW) and Dr Robert Crawford (UniMelb). The research will focus on the creation of a comprehensive hybrid approach to environmental assessment based on input-output analysis (IOA) and life cycle assessment (LCA). The PhD researcher is required to have excellent numerical skills and some knowledge of environmental impact assessment techniques. S/he will work on integrating process-based LCA data in the Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory ( This will include programming and managing data feeds, uncertainty modelling and developing a graphical user interface. In the advanced stages of the project, the PhD researcher will develop analytical procedures to create a sophisticated method of implementing pathway extraction and replacement routines as well as managing and understanding the large number of results expected from the model, including their reliability. Statistical and diagnostics tools and visualisation of results will be needed. The development of one of the most sophisticated and comprehensive models for assessing environmental impacts ever produced will enable cost- and time-efficient evaluation of multiple environmental impacts at a high level of detail and completeness. This will lead to considerable improvements to the environmental performance of Australian construction projects.
The candidate should have a sound technical ability and experience working with quantitative data as evidenced by their prior work. Programming skills are essential. The candidate would ideally have some prior experience in the development or application of quantitative sustainability assessment methods, computational techniques and database management. Experience in environmentally extended input-output analysis is advantageous. The candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills, an ability to manage research projects, and possess or show willingness to develop good working relationships with researchers in the relevant field.

Scholarship Details
The PhD scholarship offers a stipend of $25,000 per annum (tax-exempt) for three years. Please note that the scheme does not include the payment of tuition fees. A tuition fee scholarship may be available for overseas candidates based on merit.
A limited amount of part-time tutoring may be undertaken by the candidate subject to positions being available at the School and to satisfactory research and tutoring performance. This income will be taxable.

Research Environment
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is a founding member of the prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities in Australia and ranked 48th (27th for Engineering) worldwide on the 2014/15 QS World University Rankings, one of only five Australian institutions to make the top 50. The PhD researcher will be integrated within the Sustainability Assessment Program at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering led by Associate Professor Tommy Wiedmann ( /

Applications are invited from candidates with a strong tertiary qualification in mathematics, statistical analysis, data management, programming or related fields. Applicants are expected to have a 1st class Honours (or equivalent ranking) in a suitable undergraduate degree. Candidates with a working background in industrial ecology, sustainability assessment, sustainable engineering, environmental footprinting, input-output analysis, life cycle assessment, or similar fields are particularly encouraged to apply. Enquiries and applications should be sent to Dr Tommy Wiedmann ( Applications must include a cover letter referring to the skill profile outlined above, academic transcripts, a CV and the names and contact details of two referees. Incomplete applications will be returned without evaluation. The deadline for applications is 15 April 2015. The candidate would ideally commence in July 2015.

The research is sponsored and managed under ARC Discovery Project DP150100962, led by Dr Robert Crawford at The University of Melbourne.

Dr Tommy Wiedmann
Associate Professor of Sustainability Research
Sustainability Assessment Program 
| School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
UNSW Australia, Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia