The creation of a Global Urban Metabolism Database: Method and challenges for consolidating urban metabolism studies into a standardized, open access database

Joao Meirelles

Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne

Phd student at HERUS / EPFL. Holds a Bsc in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering and a Msc in Complex Systems Modeling and had worked as a Data Scientist at the big data team for the city of Rio de Janeiro. Meirelles is interested in applying big data analysis and complex systems thinking to the urban metabolism.

Paul Hoekman

Metabolism of Cities / Penguin Protocols

Metabolism of Cities


Urban metabolism studies vary widely in terms of scope, methodology, choice of indicators, and research aims. Their results are published in a variety of formats such as scientific papers, administrative reports, or technical... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Joao Meirelles (Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne)
  2. Franziska Meinherz (Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne)
  3. Aristide Athanassiadis (Université Libre de Bruxelles -)
  4. Gabriela Fernandez (Politecnico di Milano)
  5. Paul Hoekman (Metabolism of Cities / Penguin Protocols)
  6. Claudia R Binder (Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne)

Topic Areas

• Socio-economic metabolism and material flow analysis , • Open source data, big data, data mining and industrial ecology , • Food, energy, water, and nutrient material flows and footprints


MS-9 » Urban metabolism and infrastructure systems (11:45 - Monday, 26th June, Room F)

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