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ICTA-UAB researcher Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Consolidator Grant

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Research to study the health effects of forests

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Blockadia map by ICTA-UAB reveals global scale of anti-fossil fuel movement

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Launch of the Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence

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EJAtlas Includes 2,100 Case Studies on Socio-Environmental Conflicts Around the World

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Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling

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The New Theory of Economic “Agrowth” Contributes to the Viability of Climate Policies

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New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

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EEI SEMINAR: “The end use matrix: an effective tool for studying the nexus between energy, labor, value added and material flows” by Raúl Velasco-Fernández

Date: 2018-02-07

Title: “The end use matrix: an effective tool for studying the nexus between energy, labor, value added and material flows”

Speaker: Raúl Velasco-Fernández, ICTA-UAB researcher
Moderator: Maddalena Ripa, ICTA-UAB

Day: Wednesday, February 7th 2018
Time: 12.30h
Room: Z/023

The issue of sustainability is flagging a systemic problem that reductionism faces when trying to represent the functioning of complex adaptive systems. For this reason, it is important to develop new analytical tools based in complex system thinking capable of dealing with the need of considering simultaneously events that have to be observed at different scales and dimensions. In this talk I will present the end-use matrix, an analytical tool developed for dealing with this problem. The tool will be illustrated in different applications referring to: (i) a multiscale analysis of the metabolic pattern of modern economies organized in data arrays specifying the profile of energy carriers, human activity and value added using EU27+N case study; (ii) structural analysis of the industrial sector and subsectors of EU22 countries, considering the level of openness (material flows) determined by the externalization of the energy intensive production; (iii) a multiscale analysis of the metabolic pattern of Barcelona identifying the constituent components (who is driving the pattern of energy consumption in the city) and the set of end-uses determining it.

Raúl research focuses on the study of the Societal Metabolism within the framework of Ecological Economics from a biophysical and multiscale approach, applying concepts of energetics and complex systems theory. PhD in Environmental Science and Technology at ICTA-UAB within the IASTE research group (Integrated Assessment: Sociology, Technology and the Environment), Master in Environmental Studies (UAB, 2012), BA in Sociology (UB, 2012) and Industrial Engineering (UPC, 2008). During his thesis he has developed protocols for the analysis of the metabolic patterns of socio-ecological systems, considering different energy qualities, human activity, material products and monetary value added. These protocols have been applied for the characterization of the European countries inside the EUFORIE project. He is currently working in the characterization of the urban metabolism of Barcelona, the comparation of the different metabolic patterns of China & Europe and the relation between biophysical patterns and institutions. 

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