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- Stakeholders Initiative
Metabolism of Cities Stakeholder Initiative
In October 2016 the Metabolism of Cities website launched the Stakeholders Initiative.
This is an effort to create an international network of people that work or have a stake in the field
of urban metabolism.
Over the past months we have spread the word about this initiative and we have set up a mailing list
with people that are interested to join. We now start to organize specific projects around topics
that are of interest. These project will have a duration of 3 months, and they can involve a variety
of activities including:
- Online forum discussions
- Blog posts
- Articles about the topic of choice
- Webinars / Skype discussions
- Collaborative research projects
The specific activities that we engage in will vary by topic and it will likely evolve over time. The
first topic of choice was Data Visualizations and this project ran from
In parallel, we are co-organizing masterclasses in urban metabolism. This is a short set of
courses taking place
in Brussels in December 2016 and January 2017. Click here to learn more
about the Masterclasses.
Our current Stakeholders Initiative is around the creation of a Global Urban Metabolism Dataset.
This project continued in January 2017 and is ongoing. In January 2018 we started
our Urban Metabolism Interview Series
This Stakeholders Initiative is a new and recent initiative, and open to your input and ideas. So if you
have any ideas as to how we can move forward, please don't hesitate to contact us!
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Our Stakholder Initiative Projects
Below you can find some ideas that we are considering for future Stakeholder Initiative projects. If you
have any thoughts, information, or related work that you would like to submit, or you would just like to
encourage us to pick one of these topics, please let us know!
- City profiles
Make a short urban metabolism overview of different cities with data
available through publications, grey literature and open data. The idea is
to briefly present the local characteristics of a studied city and then
present its metabolic balance. This could eventually provide comparable
analysis of different cities helpful for researchers, local administration,
- Teaching urban metabolism
How do you teach urban metabolism at your university? What materials do you
use? What different formats of teaching do you use? The idea with this
project would be to gather good practices and relevant materials
(eventually online free courses) to teach urban metabolism. Ideally, we
would like to create an open and free course available for everyone online.
- Study replication
There are many studies done once (or sometimes a few times) on one city (or a
few cities), but much more interesting insights can be obtained if the some
study was done again on the same city in another year, at a neighboring city,
or even in another country. But we all know how useful it can be to have the
exact same study (same methodology) being replicated somewhere else. So how
about we try to encourage that?!
- Urban metabolism ontology project
The field of ontology relates to the "naming and
definition of the types, properties, and interrelationships of the entities
that really or fundamentally exist for a particular domain of discourse".
And it would be very interesting to undertake an exercise in which we try to
name and define the types and classifications of urban metabolism work.
At our site we have started doing this by tagging publications and
other work, but this system could be much improved. Similarly, keywords in
journals and other publications are not standardized and in general there seems to
not be a single classification tree for urban metabolism work.