Summer School 2019 - Complex Sustainability Challenges: The Nexus between Water, Energy and Food

08 July 2019
ICTA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

SUMMER SCHOOL 

COMPLEX SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES:

THE NEXUS BETWEEN WATER, ENERGY AND FOOD

08-12 July 2019

 

The Summer School will take place from 08-12 July 2019 at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Bellaterra (Barcelona), Spain and is co-organized by MAGIC and LIPHE4


COURSE CONTENTS:

1. An overview of the challenges posed to governance by complex sustainability problems and an illustration of a novel approach capable of handling these challenges.

  • How can scientific advice be provided in a post-truth world?
  • What is Quantitative Story-Telling (QST) and how can we move from evidence-based policy to QST?
  • What are the differences between a fact sheet and a concern sheet?

2. An introduction to the Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal and Ecosystem Metabolism (MuSIASEM). The MuSIASEM accounting framework is an alternative to economic analyses in that it not only considers changes in the material standard of living, but also in environmental and social factors. MuSIASEM uses relational analysis to build a quantitative representation of the metabolic pattern of social-ecological systems. It addresses the following questions:

  • How are metabolized flows (water, energy, food, material) used inside the technosphere? (Incl. construction of multi-level end-use matrices);
  • What pressure do the metabolized flows create on the environment in terms of requirement of primary sources and primary sinks? (Incl. construction of  multi-level environmental pressure matrices);
  • How can described environmental pressures be used to estimate environmental impacts?
  • How open are modern social-ecological systems? To what extent do they rely on international trade to externalize (outsource) end-uses and environmental pressures and impacts to other social-ecological systems?

3. From behavior to practice—exploring the possibility of integrating social practice theory in the analysis of the metabolic pattern of social-ecological systems.

The material presented draws on the results from MAGIC.


COURSE FORMAT:

Morning lectures are alternated with afternoon working groups. Working groups apply the theoretical concepts to practical cases.


DETAILED PROGRAM:

The full program can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.


COURSE FEE:

Students: Early bird fee: 350€ (until 30 April 2019); late fee 400€.

Others: Early bird fee: 450€ (until 30 April 2019); late fee 500€.

Coffee breaks, lunches and one social dinner are included in the course fee.


REGISTRATION & PRACTICAL DETAILS

For practical details and registration, please follow this link to the LIPHE4 website.

Location

Venue:
ICTA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Cerdanyola del VallèsBarcelona, Catalunya 08193

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