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Call for Papers: Applications of Material Flow Analysis

Dear members of the P2Tech list,

As an intermittent lurker on this list, I'd like to invite your participation in a special issue of the Journal of Industrial Ecology.  I suspect that there is a great deal of materials accounting that has been done under the rubric of P2 that the industrial ecology community does not know about.  It would be great to improve the communication between the P2 and industrial ecology communities since the overlap is substantial!

The call for papers follows.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Reid Lifset
Journal of Industrial Ecology

Journal of Industrial Ecology
Call for Papers:

Deadline: September 1, 2008

The Journal of Industrial Ecology invites you to submit articles for a special issue on Applications of Material Flow Analysis (MFA) by September 1, 2008. Ester van der Voet, of the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden University, and Claudia Binder, of the Department of Geography, Division of Social and Industrial Ecology at the University of Zurich, will serve as co-editors of the special issue.

The Journal of Industrial Ecology is a peer-reviewed international journal owned by Yale University, published by Wiley-Blackwell and headquartered at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Material flow analysis (MFA), the tracking and analysis of materials through the environment and the economy at various scales, is growing in sophistication and generating increased interest among environmental researchers around the world.  MFA holds out the promise of a unique lens through which to examine environmental challenges, providing a valuable addition to the toolkit available to analysts and decision makers.

Despite the dramatic growth in the methodological rigor of MFA, its practical utility remains to be fully appreciated.  The goal of this special issue is to document examples of the practical use of MFA, explore the insights obtained from it, and assess the leverage for environmental problem solving that it provided.

MFA is often divided into two categories: economy-wide MFA (EW-MFA) and substance flow analysis (SFA).  EW-MFA quantifies the flow of all materials into and out of a geographic area over defined period of time whereas SFA traces the flow of selected chemical substances, compounds or goods.  Analyses of either type are acceptable for this special issue, as long as the work focuses on practical applications rather than methodological development or contribution to the scholarly literature without direct practical import.

Support for this special issue is provided by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Suggested Topics for the Special Issue

The goal of this special issue is to document how, when and where MFA has been used for business, policy and related decision making and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of MFA for those purposes using concrete examples. Appropriate topics include, the use of MFA to: 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.
Ancillary data relevant to articles can be posted on the journal's web site in the form of supplementary materials.

Industrial Ecology
Industrial ecology is an emerging field that examines local, regional, and global uses and flows of materials and energy in products, processes, industrial sectors and economies. It focuses on the potential role of industry in reducing environmental burdens throughout the product life cycle.

How to Submit
Manuscripts should be original, previously unpublished, in English, and between 3,500 and 7,000 words in length. Submission implies that the manuscript has not been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers should be submitted electronically via Manuscript Central at < http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jie>. Details about the preparation of the manuscript can be obtained from the Journal's web page < www.blackwellpublishing.com/jie> or from the editor.

Send inquiries to:
Reid Lifset
Editor, Journal of Industrial Ecology
Yale University
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
205 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT, 06511-2189  USA