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Understanding the Role of Material Stock Patterns for the Transformation to a Sustainable Society

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Project "MAT_STOCKS" data sheet

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Organization address
city: WIEN
postcode: 1180

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Total cost 2˙483˙686 €
 EC max contribution 2˙483˙686 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-03-01   to  2023-02-28


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN AT (WIEN) coordinator 1˙954˙311.00


 Project objective

Sustainability transformations imply fundamental changes in the societal use of biophysical resources. Current socioeconomic metabolism research traces flows of energy, materials or substances to capture resource use: input of raw materials or energy, their fate in production and consumption, and the discharge of wastes and emissions. This approach has yielded important insights into eco-efficiency and long-term drivers of resource use. But due to its focus on flows, socio-metabolic research has not yet incorporated material stocks or their services, thereby not fully realizing its analytic potential. MAT_STOCKS addresses this gap by developing a consistent typology, indicators and databases of material stocks and their services, building upon economy-wide material flow analysis. It will create a comprehensive, global, national-level, validated material stocks and services database as well as maps of material stocks from remote-sensing data. This will allow analyzing the stock/flow/service nexus and underpin highly innovative indicators of eco-efficiency overcoming limitations of current approaches which mainly relate resource use or emissions to population and GDP. New insights on stock/flow/service relations, the relevance of spatial patterns and options for decoupling will be used to create a dynamic model to assess option spaces for transformations towards sustainable metabolism. MAT_STOCKS will identify barriers and leverage points for future sustainability transformations and the SDGs, and elucidate their socio-ecological and political implications. Our preliminary analyses suggest that unravelling the stock/flow/service nexus provides a crucial missing link in socio-metabolic research because it explains why, how and where patterns of material and energy use change or remain locked-in. Thereby, important analytical insights will be introduced into the largely normative and local discourses on the transformation towards a sustainable society.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Haberl, Helmut; Görg, Christoph; Krausmann, Fridolin; Wiedenhofer, Dominik
The stock-flow-service nexus: new directions for socio-ecological transformation research
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3522676
2019 Haberl, Helmut; Wiedenhofer, Dominik; Kalt, Gerald; Görg, Christoph; Krausmann, Fridolin
The stock flow service nexus approach: Conceptual advances and first empirical examples in tackling systemic interactions between the SDGs
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3522803
2019 Wiedenhofer, Dominik
Sustainability in the Anthropocene? Observing the metabolism of society
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3522820
2019 Maud Lanau, Gang Liu, Ulrich Kral, Dominik Wiedenhofer, Elisabeth Keijzer, Chang Yu, Christina Ehlert
Taking Stock of Built Environment Stock Studies: Progress and Prospects
published pages: 8499-8515, ISSN: 0013-936X, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b06652
Environmental Science & Technology 53/15 2019-11-07
2019 Gerald Kalt, Dominik Wiedenhofer, Christoph Görg, Helmut Haberl
Conceptualizing energy services: A review of energy and well-being along the Energy Service Cascade
published pages: 47-58, ISSN: 2214-6296, DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2019.02.026
Energy Research & Social Science 53 2019-11-07
2018 Haberl, Helmut
The stock-flow-service nexus: implications for socio-ecological transformations toward sustainability and circularity
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3522690
2018 Fridolin Krausmann, Christian Lauk, Willi Haas, Dominik Wiedenhofer
From resource extraction to outflows of wastes and emissions: The socioeconomic metabolism of the global economy, 1900–2015
published pages: 131-140, ISSN: 0959-3780, DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2018.07.003
Global Environmental Change 52 2019-11-07
2019 Haberl, Helmut; Krausmann, Fridolin
Introductory talk to the session on social metabolism and land-system science
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3522740
2019 Wiedenhofer, Dominik
Die Natur der Infrastruktur: ein sozial-metabolischer Blick auf Stadt-Land-Energie & Nachhaltigkeit
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3522824
2019 Groß, Robert; Wiedenhofer, Dominik
The Marshall Plan and its socio ecological side effects. Conceptual and case based considerations
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3522786
2019 Schug, Franz; Frantz, David; Okujeni, Akpona; van der Linden, Sebastian; Hostert, Patrick
Wall-to-Wall Material Stock Mapping - A concept from Satellite Data to Material Stock Mapping
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3474959
2018 Schug, Franz; van der Linden, Sebastian; Okujeni, Akpona; Hostert, Patrick
Evaluating Sentinel-2 imagery for mapping human settlements - Time series information for regression-based unmixing in urban surface fraction mapping
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3474940
2019 Haberl, Helmut; Wiedenhofer, Dominik; Krausmann, Fridolin
A century of global material stock accumulation: implications for sustainability transformations
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3522811
2018 van der Linden, Sebastian; Okujeni, Akpona; Schug, Franz; Frantz, David; Hostert, Patrick
An evaluation of urban area mapping with Sentinel-2 data and machine learning-based regression at different spatial resolutions
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3476718
2019 Krausmann, Fridolin; Haberl, Helmut; Wiedenhofer, Dominik
Material stocks as drivers of global greenhouse gas emissions: Results from a scenario analysis for 2050
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3522764
2019 Haberl, Helmut; Wiedenhofer, Dominik; Kalt, Gerald; Görg, Christoph; Krausmann, Fridolin
The stock-flow-service nexus approach to socio-metabolic research: conceptual advances and first empirical examples
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3522720
2019 Helmut Haberl, Dominik Wiedenhofer, Stefan Pauliuk, Fridolin Krausmann, Daniel B. Müller, Marina Fischer-Kowalski
Contributions of sociometabolic research to sustainability science
published pages: 173-184, ISSN: 2398-9629, DOI: 10.1038/s41893-019-0225-2
Nature Sustainability 2/3 2019-11-07
2019 Wiedenhofer, Dominik; Pauliuk, Stefan; Mayer, Andreas; Virag, Doris; Haas, Willi
Nesting actors and organizations into a biophysical multi level monitoring framework for a sustainable circular economy
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3520683
2019 Smetschka, Barbara; Wiedenhofer, Dominik; Egger, Claudine
Time Use and Energy Use in Austria 2010
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3520758
2019 Schug, Franz; van der Linden, Sebastian; Frantz, David; Okujeni, Akpona; Hostert, Patrick
Time Series Information For Mapping Human Settlements With Sentinel-2 - Spektrale Zeitreiheninformation zur Siedlungskartierung mit Sentinel-2
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3474947
2019 Streek, Jan
Socio-metabolic analysis of economy wide material flows, stock accumulation and service provision in the United Kingdom
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3522780
2019 Schug, Franz; Okujeni, Akpona; Frantz, David; van der Linden, Sebastian; Hostert, Patrick
Sentinel-2 and machine learning regression for built-up and green fraction mapping across European settlements
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3474988
2019 Barbara Smetschka, Dominik Wiedenhofer, Claudine Egger, Edeltraud Haselsteiner, Daniel Moran, Veronika Gaube
Time Matters: The Carbon Footprint of Everyday Activities in Austria
published pages: 106357, ISSN: 0921-8009, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.106357
Ecological Economics 164 2019-11-07
2019 Dominik Noll, Dominik Wiedenhofer, Alessio Miatto, Simron Jit Singh
The expansion of the built environment, waste generation and EU recycling targets on Samothraki, Greece: An island’s dilemma
published pages: 104405, ISSN: 0921-3449, DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2019.104405
Resources, Conservation and Recycling 150 2019-11-07
2018 Haberl, Helmut
Herausforderungen von sozial-ökologischen Transformationen zur Nachhaltigkeit
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3522682
2019 Plank, Christina; Görg, Christoph; Liehr, Stefan
Provisioning systems and their implications for the transformation of the stock-flow-service nexus. Space, time and the role of the state
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3522815
2019 Görg, Christoph; Wiedenhofer, Dominik; Pichler, Melanie; Plank, Christina; Haberl, Helmut
The stock-flow-service nexus: new directions for social-ecological transformation research
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3522734

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