ISIE Webinar Series

Upcoming Webinars

Science-Policy Interface in Material Flow Analysis: 

Lessons from Japanese and International Activities

Yuichi Moriguchi, The University of Tokyo

Mar 27, 2017 8:00 - 9:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Green Development in China: Theory, Policy, and Practice

Dajian Zhu, Tongji University in Shanghai

Mar 31, 2017 8:00 - 9:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)



Past Webinars

Socio-metabolic regimes and transitions between them

Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Institute for Social Ecology, Vienna

Mar 17, 2017 8:00 - 9:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

The metabolic patterns of human society are dynamic; they have undergone major changes during the course of human history, and are currently in a transition process. This webinar will recall major stages in human history through the lens of the societal use of energy and materials. It will explore the resource use in hunter-gatherer societies, agrarian societies and industrial societies, and its consequences for the impact of those sociometabolic regimes on the environment, as well as its impact on the organization, i.e. the demographic patterns and the governance of the respective societies.

Why is this relevant? On the one hand, if we discuss Sustainable Development Goals, we need to understand that the majority of the world’s countries are in a transition from an agrarian to an industrial regime; on the other hand, if we discuss Climate Change, we need to be aware that even the most advanced countries have to undergo another metabolic transition away from using fossil fuels. This webinar deals with human-environment dynamics in the Anthropocene, and briefly discusses the features of a next transition.


Krausmann, F., H.Weisz and N.Eisenmenger (2016), Transitions in Sociometabolic Regimes Throughout Human History, in: Haberl, H., M.Fischer-Kowalski, F.Krausmann & V.Winiwarter (eds.), Social Ecology. Society-Nature Relations across Time and Space. Springer, pp.63-92.

DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-33326-7

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