Global warming impact of suburbanization: The case of Sydney

Thomas Wiedmann

UNSW Australia

Associate Professor Thomas (Tommy) Wiedmann is leading the Sustainability Assessment Program at UNSW Sydney, Australia. In teaching and research he is guided by the question on how to increase human wellbeing while at the same time decreasing environmental impacts. His long-standing expertise is in integrated, quantitative sustainability assessment, life-cycle assessment, industrial ecology and environmental footprint analysis. He is leading the development and application of the Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory (IELab), a collaborative research platform for the compilation of multi-region input-output and environmental accounts. Tommy has coordinated a number of research projects funded by European and Australian Governments. In 2012 he received the Thomson Reuters Citation Award in Australia and was included on the Thomson Reuters lists of Highly Cited Researchers and World's Most Influential Scientific Minds in 2015.


Abstract:Suburbs have naturally become a focal point of carbon mitigation for cities undergoing rapid suburbanization, as is the case in several Australian capital cities and especially in Sydney. This has created a debate... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Guangwu Chen (UNSW Australia)
  2. Thomas Wiedmann (UNSW Australia)
  3. Michalis Hadjikakou (UNSW Australia)
  4. Lei Shi (School of Environment, Tsinghua University;)

Topic Areas

• Environmentally and socially-extended input-output analysis , • Sustainable urban systems


ThS-16 » Urban environmental challenges (11:30 - Thursday, 29th June, Room G)

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