The Metabolism of Islands (MoI) is an initiative and community of dedicated individuals and scholars from across the world, those deeply concerned and interested in the sustainable future of small islands. You too can join us - read here how >
Chicago, United States of America
Dr. Weslynne Ashton is Associate Professor of Environmental Management and Sustainability at the Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business, Chicago. Her research focuses on industrial ecology and the circular economy, or how to optimize energy, water, and material resource flows as well as human benefits in island and urban socio-ecological systems.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Dr. Tomer Fishman is a lecturer, School of Sustainability, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel. His research is focused on the materials that accumulate in our buildings, infrastructure, vehicles, consumer products, and green technologies, and how they form a nexus between society, economy, and the environment.
Dr. Su-Yin Tan is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada, and Director of the Applied Geomatics Research Laboratory (AGRL). Her research interests are in the fields of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and spatial data analysis with applications in urban geography, crime, and public health, and climate change and environmental monitoring. She has spent substantial time living in the South Pacific and was raised in the small island state of Papua New Guinea.
Dr. Simron Singh is an Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Canada. He is the co-founder and coordinator of Metabolism of Islands. Singh’s research focuses on the social metabolism (or resource use) of small island states and island jurisdictions in the context of sustainability and climate change. His current focus is Greece and the Caribbean.
Roxana Popescu is based in Paris as a visiting researcher in the Gustave Eiffel University (France) and is also a doctoral candidate in a joint degree program of Mons University (Belgium) and University of French Polynesia (Tahiti). She has a background in geography, environmental management, and disaster risk reduction, and has served as a consultant to various government and multilateral agencies. Applying GIS and stakeholder analysis in the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, her current research focusses on post-disaster waste flows after hurricane Irma in the context of an island’s overall metabolism and sustainability after a disaster.
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Dr. Ragnheiður Bogadóttir is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of History and Social Sciences, University of the Faroe Islands. With a background in social anthropology and human ecology, her research interests revolve broadly around the interrelations between culture and sustainability, with a focus on social metabolism and environmental justice. She is currently focusing on the social metabolism in the Faroe Islands.
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.
Dr. Panos Petridis is a researcher at the Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna (Austria), focusing on island studies, socio-ecological transitions, participatory research, and degrowth. Since 2010 he has been involved in the research and management of a transdisciplinary project on the Greek island of Samothraki that examines the conditions of island sustainability and supports a local transition towards more sustainable pathways.
Dr. Skoulikidis is the Head of the Department of Inland Waters, Institute of Marine Biological Resources & Inland Waters, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR). His research interests include ecological status assessments of aquatic ecosystems, land-water–atmosphere interactions, biogeochemical processes, functional ecosystem approaches, ecosystem conservation, and integrated river basin management in several Greek islands.
Lodewijk is a researcher and designer at Superuse Studios in the Netherlands. He graduated from TU Delft with an Msc. in Architecture. His specialization is to make the insights of metabolism studies tangible through visualization and applicable in architectural design. In his graduation project, he developed a circular strategy and architectural intervention for the Brazilian island Paquetá.
Dr. Kumaraswamy Ponnambalam is a Professor of Systems Design Engineering with over thirty years of experience working in the area of design optimization under uncertainty with applications in energy and water-related systems. He is a systems dynamic modeler, increasingly linking this to artificial intelligence and machine learning. He has conducted research in Canada, India, Iran, Venezuela, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Johnella comes from Antigua and Barbuda, with an MES in Sustainability Management from the University of Waterloo, Canada. She has a background in Environmental Science and Resource Management. Her love for islands has led her research interest in tracking resource flows and stocks from a sustainability perspective. To promote sustainable infrastructure development on Antigua, she assesses the dynamics of material consumption and their vulnerabilities to external shocks.
St. George's, Grenada
Dr. John N Telesford is a Lecturer in the School of Continuing Education at the T. A. Marryshow Community College, St. George, Grenada. His research interest lies at the interface of policy and resource use (focus on energy) in small island states and jurisdictions, leading towards sustainable island futures and achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Ph.D. Candidate in Sustainability Management at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Francisco holds a bachelor’s in Civil Engineer and an MSc. in Project Management for Environmental and Energy Engineering (IMT Atlantique, France). His work focuses on the dynamics of the socio-economic metabolism of Islands. His focus is the Caribbean, looking at resource flows from a spatial perspective to support island nations move towards more sustainable and resilient modes of production, consumption, and infrastructure development.
Eric Mijts is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Aruba with a keen interest in program design for sustainable development in small island states. He is co-founder and coordinator of the Sustainable Island Solutions through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (SISSTEM) project cluster. He is also co-founder and coordinator of the Academic Foundation Year and facilitates international students research exchange programs.
With a background in business and mathematics, and having worked in the industry for more than 10 years, Elham is currently a Masters student in Sustainability Management at the University of Waterloo. Elham is working on e-waste in the Caribbean islands, using material flow analysis. She is interested in applying data analysis and statistical methods to environmental and sustainability research, especially in an island context. She loves to crunch numbers and push the boundaries of conventional thinking.
Dominik Noll is a Ph.D. student and researcher at the Institute of Social Ecology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. His Ph.D. project is focused on the social metabolism of the Greek island of Samothraki. His research is concerned with the environmental implications of the transformation of rural, agriculturally shaped regions in the course of industrialization. Applying a stock driven approach, he specializes in the assessment of environmental pressures associated with the dynamics of the built environment and livestock systems.