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Table of contents
o SERI office moved
o Web edition of Austrian Newspaper Der Standard opens Sustainability section in cooperation with SERI
o Joachim Spangenberg was reelected as memeber of the Executive Committeee of INES
o Der Europäische Forschungsraum und Nachhaltigkeit (The European Research Area and Sustainability)
o New Project: Inteligent Cities (INTELCITIES)
Sustainability Strategies workshop in
o New Project: Modelling Sustainable Development in Austria (Ansätze zur Modellierung einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung)
o Network Meeting on Governance for Sustainable Development
o DIW (German Institute for Economic Research) workshop on the economic role of private households
o Mario Giampietro (2003), Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Agroecosystems, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca per gli Alimenti e la Nutrizione
CRC Press, ISBN: 0-8493-1067-9
o Christian Rammel, Jeroen van den Bergh (2003): Evolutionary Policies for Sustainable Development Adaptive Flexibility and Risk Minimising. Ecological Economics 47, 121-133
o Stefan Giljum, Klaus Hubacek, Laixing Suh (2004): Beyond the simple material balance: a reply to Sangwong Suhs note on physical input-output analysis. Ecological Economics 48, 19-22
o Joao Rodrigues, Stefan Giljum (2004): The accounting of indirect material requirements in material flow-based indicators. SERI Working Paper No. 3, January 2004
o SERI Brownbag Seminars
From December 2003 on a special section on Sustainable Development produced in cooper
Joachim Spangenberg was reelected as memeber of the Executive Committeee of INES
INES is the International network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility, representing some 30,000 concerned scientists worldwide.
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Topic of the month at www.nachhaltigkeit.at
The concept of the ERA is explained, its embedding in the goals of the EU, as well as the contributions sustainability-oriented research can make and will have to make in order to realise this concept over the next decades. The challenges of the gap between market-driven global competition in research and the goal of research for sustainable development are discussed. Austrian sustainability research programs and initiatives with a European focus are also portrayed. The text is available in German only. If you are interested, please click www.nachhaltigkeit.at
The project is concerned with advancing e-Governance at the city scale by focusing on a range of citizens and business concerns about engagement with decision-making over the (re)generation and management of their local built environment.
New Project: Modelling Sustainable Development in
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In the field of "Governance for Sustainable Development: Options and choices in a knowledge-based society" the network held a meeting in
DIW (German Institute for Economic Research) workshop on the economic role of private households
Sylvia Lorek and former SERI volunteer Matthias Deutsch participated in a DIW workshop to identify research needs in economics on the role of private households in sustainable development. The meeting followed the guiding questions: In how far can economic research on private households - that goes beyond their role as consumers - contribute to explaining household decisions and behavior in the context of sustainable development? What conclusions for policy design with respect to "sustainable household behavior" can be drawn from the discussed research approaches?
For further information see http://www.sustainabilityeconomics.de/workshops_future.html or contact email@example.com
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Mario Giampietro (2003), Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Agroecosystems, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca per gli Alimenti e la Nutrizione CRC Press, ISBN: 0-8493-1067-9
Ecologists, agronomists, and others who may question the validity of current models for determining sustainable growth of agroecosystems, need a new set of analytical tools that more effectively address the complex nature of related processes. Those who challenge traditional assumptions of optimization and static factors in agricultural modeling demand new methods beyond differential equations and traditional statistical tests.
For more information have a look at http://www.crcpress.com/shopping_cart/products/product_detail.asp?sku=1067
Rammel, C., van den Bergh, J. (2003): Evolutionary Policies for Sustainable Development Adaptive Flexibility and Risk Minimising. Ecological Economics 47, 121-133
An evolutionary perspective on policies to foster sustainable development is presented. It is argued that policies suggested by the traditional economic theory of environmental policy can stimulate unsustainable socio-economic structures and patterns. In addition, they are unable to remove undesired locked-in systems and technologies. Drawing on evolutionary thinking, characterised by diversity, selection, innovation, path-dependence and bounded rationality, an alternative, partly complementary theory of environmental policy is suggested. Specific attention is given to the role of strategies that are aimed at increasing diversity and adaptive flexibility, and at reducing risk.
For more information see: http://www.elsevier.nl/locate/ecolecon
Stefan Giljum, Klaus Hubacek, Laixing Suh (2004): Beyond the simple material balance: a reply to Sangwong Suhs note on physical input-output analysis. Ecological Economics 48, 19-22
For more information see: http://www.elsevier.nl/locate/ecolecon
Joao Rodrigues, Stefan Giljum (2004): The accounting of indirect material requirements in material flow-based indicators. SERI Working Paper No. 3, January 2004
One important question in the field of Material Flow Accounting (MFA) is the accounting of indirect material flows, via an appropriate indicator and computation methodology. Several indicators and computation methodologies are currently in use, which complicates the articulation and comparison between different empirical studies. In this paper we present an input-output model that puts different MFA indicators in a common framework. We present a methodology for the computation of MFA indicators that assigns indirect material requirements to economic flows and is valid at both the macro and the micro levels. We argue that our socio-economic methodology is superior to purely physical approaches because it avoids methodological problems connected with physical input-output analysis, requires less problematic data acquisition and is theoretically more satisfying. From our model a new indicator arises, Total Material Production (TMP), a counterpoint to the familiar indicator of Total Material Consumption (TMC). TMC and TMP are the only indicators (of those discussed) that account for indirect material requirements and are additive.
The full paper is available at http://www.seri.at/workingpapers/
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The series of SERI Brownbag Seminars continues! In a loose series of lectures, we want to present and discuss results from our own work and that of our colleagues. Please bring your own (brown) lunch bag! Drinks are provided by SERI.
Tue. 27.01.2004 12.30-14.30 Mark Hammer on "Sustainable development between Throughput and Symbolism" (NEDS): The project analyses the development of three European regions (
Tue. 24.02.2004 12.30-14.30 Stefan Giljum on "Modelling opportunites and limits for restructuring
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These were our messages and news for this month. Please dont hesitate to contact us for detailed information on our projects and for possibilities in co-operation and partnership. Its a challenge to start an interactive dialogue of exchanging experiences. You are all invited to participate in this process.
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