Special Issue "Challenges in Industrial Ecology"


A special issue of Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2012)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Thomas L. Theis
Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2121 West Taylor Street, MC 673 Chicago, IL 60612, USA
Website: http://www.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/iesp/about/bios/theis.htm
E-Mail: theist@uic.edu
Phone: +1 312 996 1081
Interests: mathematical modeling and systems analysis of environmental processes; industrial pollution prevention; industrial ecology; the environmental chemistry of trace organic and inorganic substances; interfacial reactions; subsurface contaminant transport; hazardous waste management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Industrial Ecology is an interdisciplinary field of study that fosters an integrated understanding of the ways in which environmental, social, economic, and ethical dimensions can be integrated for holistic solutions to critical human problems. Although a relatively young science in the formal sense, the field has matured rapidly, making seminal contributions to our understanding of such phenomena as material and substance flows, life cycle assessment, environmental impact analysis, and sustainability science to name a few.

And yet the challenges to sustain human industry and its impacts continue to grow, encompassing such areas as:

  • Food supply and food security
  • Sustainability and resilience in urban systems
  • The development of new energy supplies and their distribution
  • The future of nuclear energy
  • The economics of sustainability
  • Resource supply and equity
  • Reuse and control of wastes
  • Lessening impacts of rapidly industrializing nations
  • New integrated policies informed by industrial ecology
  • Efficiency, consumption, and the “rebound effect”
  • Economic growth and financial stability
  • Links between environmental and social justice
  • Connections between the sustainability and resilience of human-natural systems
  • Global and local education challenges

This issue of “Challenges” invites scholars from all fields to contribute research and discussion that explore and illuminate core sustainability challenges ahead for this growing and dynamic field of study.

Prof. Dr. Thomas L. Theis
Guest Editor


  • industrial ecology
  • life cycle impact analysis
  • material flow analysis
  • sustainability
  • resilience
  • human-natural systems
  • industrial metabolism
  • policy

Published Papers (3 papers)

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Challenges 2013, 4(1), 56-74; doi:10.3390/challe4010056
Received: 19 March 2013; in revised form: 4 April 2013 / Accepted: 9 April 2013 / Published: 2 May 2013
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by ,  and
Challenges 2012, 3(2), 290-318; doi:10.3390/challe3020290
Received: 4 September 2012; in revised form: 8 November 2012 / Accepted: 9 November 2012 / Published: 19 December 2012
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by , ,  and
Challenges 2012, 3(2), 233-260; doi:10.3390/challe3020233
Received: 10 August 2012; in revised form: 29 October 2012 / Accepted: 31 October 2012 / Published: 8 November 2012
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Last update: 25 February 2014

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