Special Issue "Diverse Dynamics of Industrial Symbiosis: Emergence and Development"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2017).
Interests: innovation and sustainability; changing consumption and production systems; social process analysis; sustainable business models
Interests: Environmental Management; Industrial Ecology; Environmental Governance; Local Development
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This Special Issue seeks to deepen knowledge of industrial symbiosis, a prominent concept in industrial ecology focusing on networks of firms that share physical resources including water, energy, and by-product materials. These networks, and the processes through which they are generated, display a complexity and variety that is still poorly understood. This situation has hampered the ability of the scholarly community to explore and capture the similarities and differences across these variants. Therefore, articles are requested that focus on different ways that industrial symbiosis emerges and also how it develops over time relying on empirical methods both quantitative and qualitative. We use the concept of dynamics to portray the pathways through which the process of industrial symbiosis unfolds. Six dynamics have been proposed previously: Self-organization, organizational boundary change, facilitation, pilot projects and dissemination, government planning, and eco-cluster development where resource exchange is also pursued (see Boons et al. 2016).
Papers are sought that: (1) expand on dynamic processes and network outcomes; (2) offer new reflections on emergence, development and/or decline; (3) provide comparative analysis of dynamics across cultural and institutional settings; (4) examine barriers to comparative analysis; and (5) present other conceptual configurations in industrial symbiosis.
Selected papers are subject to a rigorous peer-review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.
Dr. Marian Chertow
Dr. Frank Boons
Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Ioppolo
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Boons, F., Chertow, M, Spekkink, W, Park, J., Shi, H. (2016). Industrial Symbiosis Dynamics and the Problem of Equivalence: Proposal for a Comparative Framework. Journal of Industrial Ecology (in press. Article will be made available through Researchgate).
- industrial symbiosis;
- industrial ecology;
- inter-firm cooperation;
- emergence and development;
- resource sharing;
- comparative analysis