Moving beyond averages: uncertainty and variability analysis in industrial ecology

Jonathan Cullen

University of Cambri

Jonathan Cullen is the Lecturer in Energy, Transport and Urban Infrastructure, at Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED) and a Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He leads the newly formed Resource Efficiency Collective, exploring options to reduce energy use and emissions through resource efficient solutions. Jonathan holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Canterbury, and MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge, all in engineering. He is the co-author of Sustainable Materials: with both eyes open, described by New Scientist as “clear, well-supported, and vital” and recently listed in Bill Gate’s top six reads for 2015.

David Laner

Technische Universitaet Wien

David Laner is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Water Quality, Resource and Waste Management at the TU Wien. He holds a Master of Science in land and water engineering (2005) from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna and a PhD in civil engineering (2011) from the Vienna University of Technology. His major research interest is the analysis and design of waste and resource systems, in particular by using material flow analysis and life cycle assessment.

Rick Lupton

University of Cambridge

Rick is a Research Associate in the Use Less Group at the University of Cambridge. He studied engineering at the University of Cambridge, before working for several years on the design and modelling of wind turbines, first at a renewable energy consultancy, and later back in the Department of Engineering at Cambridge. Since completing his PhD in 2014, he has been working with Professor Julian Allwood on modelling and visualisation of resource use.Rick's research interests include dealing with uncertainty in modelling, using analytical and stochastic methods, and the subsequent analysis and visualisation of model results. He is a supporter of open research and is the author of several open-source software packages related to visualisation of resource flows with Sankey diagrams, amongst other things.

Leonardo Paoli

University of Cambridge

A second-year PhD student at the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering. Leonardo holds an MEng (Hons) degree from Imperial College in mechanical engineering. Leonardo’s PhD supervisor is Dr Jonathan M Cullen. His research focuses on the characterisation of energy conversion efficiency from primary to useful energy.


The scientific tools of industrial ecology have proved immensely useful for tracking the flows of resources through society, estimating the environmental impacts of such resource flows, and for providing evidence for decision... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Jonathan Cullen (University of Cambri)
  2. David Laner (Technische Universitaet Wien)
  3. Rick Lupton (University of Cambridge)
  4. Leonardo Paoli (University of Cambridge)

Topic Areas

• Complexity, resilience and sustainability , • Decision support methods and tools


ThS-21 » Special session: "Moving beyond averages: distributional analysis in industrial ecology" (13:45 - Thursday, 29th June, Room F)

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