A sustainable urban utopia – derived through a critical urban metabolism framework

Paul Currie

Stellenbosch University

Growing up between New York and Johannesburg, Paul has a significant obsession with cities. Paul delved into evolutionary biology at Stony Brook University (New York) before returning to South Africa to do his MPhil in Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University. He has a fascination with people and places, an interest he has been able to cultivate as a volunteer in Brazil, a student in Ghana, a traveler in India, a researcher in Nairobi, and a trekker in Nepal. His academic disciplinary pairing alongside his fascination with the dynamism of urban systems has led Paul to the urban Modeling and Metabolism Assessment Research Team (uMAMA - Stellenbosch University) to delve into urban sustainability, resource efficiency and resource equity in African cities.


Urban metabolism is a wide concept for examining the functions and performance of a city. It is particularly useful in connecting imperatives of resource sustainability and adaptability with the emergent properties of urban... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Paul Currie (Stellenbosch University)
  2. Josephine Kaviti Musango (Stellenbosch University)

Topic Areas

• Management and technology for sustainable and resilient energy, water, food, materials, , • Sustainable urban systems , • Circular economy


ThS-5 » Lightning Session 1: Science for Sustainable and Resilient Communities (08:30 - Thursday, 29th June, Room H)

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