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 (ielab.info). 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 (http://sustainabilityresearch.unsw.edu.au / http://www.wrc.unsw.edu.au/sustainability).

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 (t.wiedmann@unsw.edu.au). 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

Monday, 9 February 2015

World Economic History Congress in Kyoto, Japan in August 2015

The upcoming World Economic History Congress in Kyoto, Japan from 3 to 7 August 2015 features a session on the potential for socio-economic metabolism research in economic history. The session is entitled 'Long run economic growth and the environment: international comparison from a socio-metabolic perspective' and is organised by Iñaki Iriarte Goñi (Zaragossa University) and Fridolin Krausmann (Inst. of Social Ecology, Vienna). It invites empirical papers presenting results from case studies investigating patterns and trends of material and energy flows or comparing different countries or regions. It will also be open to papers discussing concepts, sources and methods. Please see the call for papers for Session S20042 at the conference web page (www.wehc2015.org/second_call.html) or contact fridolin.krausmann@aau.at for more information. The deadline for submitting abstracts to the session organisers is 15 March 2015.

Fridolin Krausmann
Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna

Thursday, 8 January 2015

2016 Gordon Research Conference in Industrial Ecology announced!

The 2016 Gordon Research Conference in industrial ecology will be held at the Stoweflake Resort and Conference Center, Stowe, Vermont, from 19 to 24 June 2016. The meeting chair will be Heinz Schandl and the vice chair will be Stefanie Hellweg.

Please see the Gordon Research Conferences website for more information about this event and how to apply.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Melbourne conference program now available

We’re delighted to announce that the conference Industrial Ecology in the Asia-Pacific Century: Interdisciplinary science for building sustainable industrial systems and human settlements, to be held in Melbourne, Australia on 17 to 19 November 2014, is now less than a week away! We have 131 participants from 19 countries and a really exciting line-up of keynote presenters, speakers and poster presenters. The program is now available for download from here:

People attending in person will receive a printed copy of the program, plus a USB stick containing the program with hyperlinked abstracts.

If you can’t make it to the conference but would like to keep up with the activities, all is not lost! The Student/Early Career Researcher Organising Committee have set up the Twitter hashtag #isiesem to share info during the conference. Please Tweet if you’re at the conference, and feel free to follow the Twitter feed if you’re not.

Best wishes

Karin Hosking (on behalf of the conference organisers)

Friday, 25 July 2014

Summer Research Scholarships (for Undergraduate and Master's level students) at the University of Queensland

In pursuit of pursuing collaborative activities, you or your students might be interested in Summer Research Scholarships (for 6 to 8 weeks between November 2014 and February 2015) for projects in Industrial Ecology, Circular/Green Economy, Life Cycle Assessment, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Cleaner Production, Green Supply Chains, Sustainability Science and Engineering and other environment related topics. Applications for the 2014-2015 Summer Research Program will close at 5pm Saturday 30 August 2014 (Australian time). Possible projects are listed at www.gpem.uq.edu.au/summer-research

This is only open to senior undergraduate and master's level students regardless of nationality and country of origin.

Read more details about the summer scholarship program at www.uq.edu.au/uqadvantage/summer-research

Please feel free to forward this to any student who may be interested.

(Thanks to Dr Anthony Halog of the University of Queensland for sharing this information)

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Vacancy: Professor of Social Ecology at Alpen Adria University (Institite of Social Ecology, Vienna)

The Alpen Adria University (Inst. of Social Ecology, Vienna) seeks to fill the position of a professor of Social Ecology (successor of Marina Fischer-Kowalski). 

We are looking for a distinguished researcher, academic teacher and leader with a qualification in social sciences. She/he should have an outstanding research and publication record covering a broad spectrum of social science themes related to sustainability and society-nature interaction. We expect engagement in inter- and transdisciplinary research as a team member of the Institute of Social Ecology and the ability and willingness to engage deeply with natural science approaches. We are seeking a committed and creative person with intellectual curiosity, strong communication skills and organizational talent, and enthusiasm for team work.

The call closes February 26, 2014. The full application can be downloaded from www.uni-klu.ac.at/rechtabt/downloads/mbl8_13_14.pdf

Please pass this information on to anyone who may be interested.

Kind regards

Fridolin Krausmann

Monday, 6 January 2014

Two exciting upcoming conferences

Dear Colleagues

We wish you all a Happy New Year and a good start into 2014. May the New Year be a very successful one for all of you. This is also a good time to plan for two important conferences of our society, the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) for Industrial Ecology in Lucca, Italy, 1 to 6 June 2014 and the joint Socio-Economic Metabolism and Asia-Pacific Conference in Melbourne, Australia, 17 to 19 November 2014.

The GRC is open for registration at www.grc.org/programs.aspx?year=2014&program=industeco and a preliminary list of topics and speakers has been provided by the chair.

The Melbourne Conference now invites abstracts and registrations at http://wp.csiro.au/isie2014/. The deadline for abstracts is 15 February 2014.

Both meetings will be very important and joyful opportunities for all of us to catch up and share progress in our research field.

All the best for the new year,
Heinz Schandl (for the SEM section board)