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Exploring urban metabolism - Towards an interdisciplinary perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Simin Davoudi



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© 2017 The Author(s). The discussion on urban metabolism has been long dominated by natural scientists focussing on natural forces shaping the energy and material flows in urban systems. However, in the anthropocene human forces such as industrialization and urbanization are mobilizing people, goods and information at an increasing pace and as such have a large impact on urban energy and material flows. In this white paper, we develop a combined natural and social science perspective on urban metabolism. More specifically, innovative conceptual and methodological interdisciplinary approaches are identified and discussed to enhance the understanding of the forces that shape urban metabolism, and how these forces affect urban living and the environment. A challenging research agenda on urban metabolism is also presented.

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Author(s): Dijst M, Worrell E, Bocker L, Brunner P, Davoudi S, Geertman S, Harmsen R, Helbich M, Holtslag AAM, Kwan M-P, Lenz B, Lyons G, Mokhtarian PL, Newman P, Perrels A, Ribeiro AP, Rosales Carreon J, Thomson G, Urge-Vorsatz D, Zeyringer M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Resources, Conservation and Recycling

Year: 2018

Volume: 132

Pages: 190-203

Print publication date: 01/05/2018

Online publication date: 27/10/2017

Acceptance date: 12/09/2017

Date deposited: 07/11/2017

ISSN (print): 0921-3449

ISSN (electronic): 1879-0658

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2017.09.014


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