EESS talk on "Urban Metabolism: From theory to policy and practice"


Event details

Date 05.10.2021 12:1513:15  
Speaker Dr Aristide Athanassiadis, Scientist, Laboratory of Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems (HERUS), Mobiliär Chair
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English
Cities play a pivotal role in addressing global socio-ecological challenges. They are responsible for more than 2/3 to 3/4 of energy use, waste production, and greenhouse gas emissions yet they only host 50% of the global population. In addition the rate of urbanisation will continue to increase and most of the future urbanites will live in cities that have not been built yet. As such, assessing the resource requirement of cities, identifying their drivers and proposing systemic policies to mitigate the former becomes an urgent and necessary step to face local and global socio-ecological challenges. This presentation will showcase "urban metabolism" as a lens to assess resource use and pollution emission flows of cities and how it can be utilized to create mitigation policies.

Short biography:
Dr Athanassiadis is a senior researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (HERUS) and the non-profit organisation Metabolism of Cities. From 2018 to 2020 he was Chair of Circular Economy and Urban Metabolism at the Université Libre de Bruxelles where he attempted to build bridges between the academia, public administrations and “circular” actors in order to accelerate Brussels’ transition towards a more circular economy and metabolism. During the last years, he has collaborated with more than 10 cities around the world to assess their material flows and develop circular economy and resource management roadmaps. Finally, Aristide is the co-founder of Metabolism of Cities, an open science initiative that develops open source tools for assessing the environmental flows of cities (

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free
  • This event is internal


  • EESS - IIE



Urban metabolism material flows analysis circular economy environmental assessment open science