Life and Death of Industrial Ecosystems

Weslynne Ashton

Illinois Institute of Technology

Dr. Weslynne Ashton is Associate Professor of Environmental Management and Sustainability at the Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business. Her research focuses on industrial ecology, industrial symbiosis and sustainability strategies for small businesses. She teaches courses in industrial ecology, business sustainability and social entrepreneurship, and is passionate about developing entrepreneurial solutions to social and environmental challenges in low income and developing regions. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Dr. Ashton has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Environmental Science from Yale University.


Self-organized industrial ecosystems (SOIEs) refer to communities of firms in diverse industries that spontaneously engage in Industrial Symbiosis (IS); that is, firms independently develop bi-lateral and multi-lateral... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Weslynne Ashton (Illinois Institute of Technology)
  2. Shauhrat Chopra (UIC)
  3. Rahul Kashyap (University of Buffalo, Department of Physics)

Topic Areas

• Complexity, resilience and sustainability , • Industrial symbiosis and eco-industrial development , • Socio-economic metabolism and material flow analysis , • Network theory for industrial ecology


WS-10 » Understanding Industrial symbiosis (11:30 - Wednesday, 28th June, Room G)

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