Thermodynamics in Industrial Ecology and Sustainability

Shweta Singh

Purdue University

Dr. Shweta Singh's research interests range from systems scale modeling, coupled natural and human (CNH) systems modeling, complex systems theories for sustainability assessment, Industrial ecology, Urban Sustainability and enhancing methodologies for sustainability assessment.

David Bristow

University of Victoria/

Dr. David N. Bristow is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria where he runs the Cities and Infrastructure Systems Lab. He teaches on infrastructure resilience, smart cities and sustainability in civil engineering. His research concerns systems planning and decision making through advancement and integration of theory, methodology and practice in systems engineering and risk management via ecological, network, control system, optimization and thermodynamic approaches to modeling and simulation. David’s application areas of expertise include infrastructure systems of systems; buildings; critical infrastructure; and whole cities with emphasis on sustainability, risk and resilience. David’s work includes the creation of the Resilience Assessment Platform, a systems based software solution for through-event resilience assessment of complex systems. David holds Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor’s in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He has numerous journal and international conference publications to his name on topics ranging from risk and resilience to sustainability and decision making. He has been a member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology since 2009 and is a member of the Sustainable Urban Systems and Socio-economic Metabolism sections.


Thermodynamics plays a fundamental role in sustainability asit stipulates inviolable limits on all processes. These limits dictate how resources are transformed and hence what resources are required to sustain asystem. This... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Shweta Singh (Purdue University)
  2. David Bristow (University of Victoria/)

Topic Areas

• Complexity, resilience and sustainability , • Sustainability and resilience metrics , • Advances in methods (e.g., life cycle assessment, social impact assessment, resilience a


WS-6 » Special Session: “Thermodynamics in Industrial Ecology and Sustainability” (09:45 - Wednesday, 28th June, Room I)

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