Ronald Wennersten

Head of the Department of Industrial Ecology at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Prófessor við iðnvistfræðideild Konunglega tækniháskólans í Stokkhólmi

Professor Ronald Wennersten is head of the Department of Industrial Ecology at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. After working in industry focusing on environmental management, he came to KTH in 1996 where he became professor and head of the Department of Industrial Ecology in 2000.

Industrial Ecology is a rather new research field presenting a new paradigm in environmental management. Going from traditional "end of pipe" solutions where human activities are looked upon as something "unnatural" which should be isolated from "natural" ecosystems, we try more and more to look at industrial activities as "metabolisms" which interact with other supporting ecosystems. Sustainable solutions will probably not be the ones which involve closed loops of material and energy within industries and municipalities, but the ones which interact with other ecosystems in a sustainable way.

 

Professor Wennersten has been coordinator of several EU projects in the area of conflict resolution in resource management, one of them the COASTMAN project focusing on oil handling in the Baltic Sea Region. He is head of the Joint Research Center for Industrial Ecology at Shandong University in China where he also is guest professor. He is also a guest professor at Southeast University, School of Architecture in Nanjing.

 

Email address: rw@kth.se
Home page: www.ima.kth.se

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