📺 Welcome to the Circular Metabolism podcast 📺. Hello everyone and Welcome to the Circular Metabolism podcast, I am your host, Aristide from Metabolism of Cities. In this podcast we interview thinkers, researchers, activists, policy makers and practitioners to better understand the metabolism of our cities and how to reduce their environmental impact in a socially just and context-specific way.
With today’s episode we will go amongst others back to the topic that we hold dearest to our hearts, urban metabolism. If you have ever explored this topic, one of the first pieces of information that you will encounter is the article “The changing metabolism of Cities” which quantified the energy, materials, water and waste flows from 8 cities co-authored by today’s guest Chris Kennedy. In fact, Chris has been one of the main driving forces for the renaissance of the urban metabolism field in the late 2000s. Chris is a Professor and the Director of Industrial Ecology Program at the University of Victoria. He has worked for over 20-years on strategies for addressing global climate change, drawing upon economics, technology, policy and industrial ecology perspectives. His research helped the development of a standard approach for city-wide greenhouse inventorying – as well as mitigation strategies. Holding qualifications in civil engineering, economics and business, he has conducted consulting work on sustainable infrastructure and cities for several national governments, as well as the World Bank and others. He previously served as President of the International Society for Industrial Ecology and author of The Evolution of Great World Cities: Urban Wealth and Economic Growth.
On this episode, we talk about the renaissance of the urban metabolism field, on why Chris dedicated more than 10 years on this topic, what were some of the learnings he encountered and what are his current research interests.
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