Metabolic Institute

The Metabolic Institute is a non-profit think tank, working at the intersection of academic research and real-world experimentation. The think tank advances open-source knowledge on global sustainability issues, by prototyping how society can thrive while remaining safely within the bounds of the planet.

Connect

Connecting society, policy, industry, and academia to scale real-world impact.

Investigate

Applied research on how to build a regenerative economy guided by the planetary boundaries.

Design

Developing and sharing open-source prototypes, platforms, and tools.

Advancing open-source knowledge on global sustainability challenges.

The Institute works in an applied and experimental way: testing assumptions, advancing academic models through real-world application, and creating new technologies in living labs with the communities they serve. We do this by working with and shaping consortia around critical research questions, working across wider sectors of industry and society to address critical knowledge gaps on global sustainability issues.

Our aim is to push the boundaries of how society understands sustainability. The current ‘zero-waste’ vision of a circular economy will not generate the type of thinking and doing which is needed if we are to address the exponential nature of our time. By providing open datasets and software tools, we hope to support policy, society and technology to work together in a fundamentally restorative way.

HIGHLIGHTED PROJECTS

REFLOW: Designing circular resource flows in European cities

REFLOW aims to create a blueprint for the management of critical urban flows to fast-track the transition toward circular and regenerative cities. This project, spanning 3 years and 6 cities, will explore how key material flows such as plastics, textiles, organic waste, and construction materials move through urban landscapes.

REPAiR Geo-Design Tool

A new geo-design tool - REPAiR reveals local, spatially specific challenges of waste and resource management using life cycle analyses (LCA) and urban metabolism.

Director, Metabolic Institute

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