Concepts in sustainability around technology and material use; relevance of biological ecology to industrial ecology; life cycle analysis: components and applications; and systems thinking to solve complex problems.

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology
Year / Level: 4
Theme(s): Climate Science



The students will learn the knowledge and skills of industrial ecology for solving the complex problems related to sustainable development. The course will integrate elements of science, technology, and policy into the learning activities covering key topic areas such as climate change, resource efficiency and sustainable bioeconomy. Guest lecturers from academic, industrial and governmental sectors will bring a diverse perspective of current progress and challenges in these topic areas. The students will gain hands-on experiences with major industrial ecology methods during tutorial sessions. The tutorial sessions will also include participatory exercises related to emerging topics with grand challenges to society, where the students will apply the knowledge and skills to design solutions to those grand challenges.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, the students will be able to achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Define and describe key concepts of industry ecology

  • Understand how industrial ecology as a framework can be applied for the consideration of sustainability-related aspects of science, technology, and policy

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and hands-on skills of applying major industrial ecology methods to case studies

  • Communicate effectively with different stakeholders involved in an industrial system


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Qingshi Tu

"This course will help students to develop knowledge, skills, and a systems-thinking mindset that are essential in addressing the challenges with sustainability."