Metabolism of Cities is a community-run platform. The organisation consists of members who, sharing the same values and mission, come together to collect information, record videos, write papers, build tools, and do many other activities to further the use of urban metabolism. Most of the work is done remotely, with all members working from their own place of residence. Metabolism of Cities members volunteer their time and generally work or study in fields related to urban metabolism, material flows, and/or sustainability.
Below in chronological order of joining are the Metabolism of Cities team members. The Metabolism of Cities team is slowly expanding and we welcome new people! There are various ways to join our group, depending on your interests and background.
Cape Town, South Africa
Consulting web developer and urban metabolism researcher. Initial creator of the predecessor of Metabolism of Cities while doing research into the feasibility of undertaking an urban-scale Material Flow Analysis in a South African context. Paul enjoys combining IT and urban metabolism research.
Member since Aug. 31, 2014
Aristide is Chair of Circular Economy and Urban Metabolism at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Within this framework he attempts to build bridges between the academia, public administrations and “circular” actors in order to accelerate Brussels’ transition towards a more circular economy and metabolism. During the last years, he has advised and has acted as a external consultant for a number of local, regional and international administration and organisations on the topics of urban metabolism and circular economy.
Member since Aug. 28, 2015
San Diego, United States of America
Fernandez has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning, Design, and Policy from the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies at the Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy. Gabriela is interested in urban metabolism ideologies and has undertaken studies on the material flow analysis of the Metropolitan City of Milan and Lombardy region (northern Italy), thus identifying urban typologies and socioeconomic indicators in the Italian urban context while promoting urban metabolism public policy on under representative population such as elderly, people with disabilities, children, homeless and refugees, LGBTI+, women, students, and academics. Fernandez is an Adjunct Faculty and Researcher at San Diego State University, Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age, Department of Geography in San Diego, California.
Member since Jan. 22, 2016
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.
Member since Jan. 17, 2017
Carolin holds a B.Sc. in Environmental and Resource Management and a M.Sc. in Industrial Ecology (Leiden University/TU Delft). She is interested in studying the integration of urban metabolism, systems thinking and circular economy towards a regenerative future. Most important to her is the practical implementation of these things for positive change.
Member since July 31, 2017
Engineer and PhD candidate at the Building, Architecture and Town planning department of the Ecole Polytechnique de Bruxelles in Belgium. Yves is interested in the prediction of urban flows and in the modelling of their relations to urban systems via computer-assisted data analysis.
Member since July 31, 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Lecturer in Chemical Engineering: Industrial Ecology in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Rupert has a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Sheffield, is a chemical engineer by training, and has several years of research and consulting experience across industry, leading academic institutions such as UC Berkeley and Yale University, and government.
Member since Aug. 23, 2017
Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
Ramiro is a dentist (postgraduate Orthodontic) and a student of Political Science (Bachelor's degree) at the National University of the Patagonia San Juan Bosco. He is interested in looking for a connection between society and avant-garde urban structures, such as urban metabolism for this XXI century.
Member since Aug. 1, 2018
Outreach coordinator for SERA in Portugal. Guilherme holds a BSc in Meteorology, Oceanography and Geophysics with a minor in Computer Science from the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon and a joint Master degree in Applied Geophysics from the TU Delft, RWTH Aachen and ETH Zurich. His longtime passion has been mathematical modeling. The ability to model nature in a computer is fascinating to him. Now Guilherme will focus his skills in a new field: Urban Metabolism.
Member since Jan. 24, 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Carlos holds a B.Sc. in Urban Planning with postgraduate studies in Urban Design. He is currently an Erasmus+ Scholar based in Glasgow, doing a Joint Master Degree in Urban Climate and Sustainability (MUrCS) at Glasgow Caledonian University in partnership with LAMK (Finland) and University of Huelva (Spain). Carlos has worked in urban projects of different scales in Latin-America and is now interested in the spatial dimension of circular economy in cities, urban competitiveness and climate-sensitive planning.
Member since Aug. 15, 2019
Milford, United States of America
George holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware with minors in Sustainable Energy Technology and Global Studies. He has a research background in materials science for sustainability, and he has nonprofit experience in agriculture and community development. He is interested in how both policy and technology can be improved by understanding the flow of resources in population centers.
Member since Sept. 26, 2019