Special Issue: Linking Local Consumption to Global Impacts

15 April, 2015


                                             Journal of Industrial Ecology

                                                     Call for Papers:

                        Special Issue: Linking Local Consumption to Global Impacts     

                                            Former Deadline: January 15, 2015

                             * The Deadline has been extended to April 15, 2015 *

The Journal of Industrial Ecology invites you to submit articles for a special issue on Linking Local Consumption to Global Impacts by April 15th, 2015Globalization increases the interconnectedness of people and places around the world through markets, flows of capital, labor, services, information, and human migration. In such a tele-connected world, goods and services consumed in one country are often produced in other countries and exchanged via international trade. Teleconnection is a concept from atmospheric sciences referring to climate phenomena being related to each other at large distances. Recently, this idea has been used to represent the virtual shrinking of distances between places, strengthening connectivity between distant locations, and at the same time growing separation between places of consumption and production (Hubacek et al. 2014). Thus, local consumption, in particular in urban areas, is increasingly met by global supply chains that often involve large geographical distances.

 As such, local consumption can have negative impacts on both the local and global environment, contributing to climate change, water scarcity, deforestation and other land conversions, all of which impact important ecosystem services. In addition, the inequalities found in consumption can get translated into environmental terms: People in high-income countries maintain higher incomes and more resource-intensive lifestyles, while people in low-income countries often bear the environmental consequences. Adaptation and mitigation require a better understanding of such linkages and tools that allow to assess the range of environmental and social implications of our choices across spatial and temporal scales. Although research in this area has already begun, there are a number of areas where new research and theoretical guidance is needed; primarily through innovative linking of the local to the global.

 Klaus Hubacek and Kuishuang Feng, University of Maryland College Park, Bin Chen, Beijing Normal University, and Shigemi Kagawa, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan will serve as co-editors of the special issue.

 The Journal of Industrial Ecologyis an international peer-reviewed bimonthly, owned by Yale University, headquartered at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and published by Wiley-Blackwell.

 Suggested Topics for the Special Issue

The goal of this special issue is to bring together different approaches including global supply and value chain analysis, material flow analysis, life-cycle assessment, integrated impact assessment, and social network analysis to account for and analyze drivers of globalization and their global environmental impacts and global inequalities in wealth by explicitly linking the local to the global. Appropriate topics include  

◾ Theorizing, describing and analysing the local to global links between consumption and production within their biophysical, socio-economic and institutional contexts

◾ Assessing how consumption and production impact the environment and society at different spatial and temporal scales

◾ Calculating the main environmental indicators (e.g. carbon, water, land, air pollution) and socio-economic indicators (e.g. jobs, value added, wealth distribution) for different development scenarios and strategies

◾ Synthesizing current datasets and performing analyses on trade-offs and win-win strategies towards a more sustainable future

Ancillary data relevant to articles can be posted on the journal's web site in the form of supporting information.

Reviews of relevant recent books and reports, including policy documents, are also sought to enrich the special issue. Reviews of web sites and electronic services will be considered.  

The special issue is intended to be relevant to diverse audiences—academics, policymakers, business people and environmental advocates—and submissions should be written with that in mind.  Articles from technical specialists should make the implications of their research accessible to non-specialists.  Please contact the editors with any questions about the fit of a contribution for this issue.

Industrial Ecology

Industrial ecology is a growing field that examines local, regional, and global uses and flows of materials and energy in products, processes, industrial sectors, and economies.

Research in industrial ecology includes analysis of drivers and impacts of consumption.  See, for example, previous special issues of this journal: Industrial Ecology and Consumption (volume 9, #1-2) and Sustainable Consumption & Production (volume 14, #1).  It also builds, in part, on the use of environmental input-output analysis (EIOA) to trace material and energy flows through and across economies, a technique that has become central to industrial ecology research.    These have been linked in the identification of product categories for attention environmental policy (see the special issue, Priorities for Environmental Product Policy (volume 10, #3)) and in tracing the impacts of consumption beyond local environs in a variety of ways (e.g., Lenzen and Peters (2010) and Feng et al. (2012)).


Feng, K., Y. L. Siu, D. Guan, and K. Hubacek. 2012. Analyzing Drivers of Regional Carbon Dioxide Emissions for China: A Structural Decomposition Analysis. Journal of Industrial Ecology 16(4): 600-611.

Hubacek, K., K. Feng, J. C. Minx, S. Pfister, and N. Zhou. 2014. Teleconnecting Consumption to Environmental Impacts at Multiple Spatial Scales. Journal of Industrial Ecology 18(1): 7-9.

Lenzen, M. and G. M. Peters. 2010. How city dwellers affect their resource hinterland: A spatial impact study of Australian households. Journal of Industrial Ecology 14(1): 73-90.

How to Submit

Manuscripts should be original, previously unpublished, in English, and between 3,500 and 6,000 words in length excluding references and tables. Submission implies that the manuscript has not been submitted for publication elsewhere and that it will not be submitted elsewhere while the review process is underway. Papers should be submitted electronically via Manuscript Central at <http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jie>, indicating that they are intended for the special issue on “Linking Local Consumption to Global Environmental Impacts.” Details about the preparation of the manuscript can be obtained from the Journal's home page <http://www.wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/jie> or from the editor.  All submissions will be peer-reviewed in a single blind process using at least two reviewers.

                                                    Send inquiries to:

                                                          Reid Lifset 
                                            Editor, Journal of Industrial Ecology 
                                                       Yale University 
                                      School of Forestry & Environmental Studies 
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                                          New Haven, CT, 06511-2189  USA