Title| Urban Metabolism in Cities

Speaker| Lynette Cheah, Associate Professor, Engineering Systems and Design, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).


Urban Metabolism (UM) is fundamentally an accounting framework whose goal is to quantify the inflows, outflows, and accumulation of resources (such as materials and energy) in a city. This seminar offers an introduction to UM, reviewing the development of UM research and practice. We then examine the case study of Singapore’s urban metabolism. Finally, current and future opportunities and challenges of UM are discussed. As more and better data sources are becoming available, the examination of system-level resource flows can provide insights towards the development of more sustainable and resilient cities.


Lynette Cheah is an Associate Professor of Engineering Systems and Design Pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). She directs the Sustainable Urban Mobility research laboratory, which develops data-driven models and tools to reduce the environmental impacts of passenger and urban freight transport. She is currently Associate Editor for the Journal of Industrial Ecology and Review Editor for the UN IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report. More information about her research is available at https://mobility.sutd.edu.sg.

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2021 June & July Wednesday Seminar Series on Sustainability and Circular Economy

A Better World by Design is our motto in Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) that is reflected in our teaching and research. A Better World in the 21st century must include sustainable development and human activities. Sustainability is a complex system-level challenge that requires innovation and collaborations at all fronts. In this online seminar series, speakers from SUTD and international institutions will share recent progresses on sustainability research topics, with a focus on achieving a circular economy. Topics range from the role of design in achieving a circular economy, circularity in manufacturing, our built environment, life cycle analyses and urban metabolism.