Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal

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Editor in Chief: Dr. Konstantinos I. Evangelinos
ISSN online: 1478-8764
ISSN print: 1476-8917
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PIE contributes to international research and practice in industrial ecology for sustainable development. PIE aims to establish channels of communication between academics, practitioners, business stakeholders and the government with an interdisciplinary and international approach to the challenges of corporate social responsibility and inter-organisational environmental management.


 Topics covered include

  • Material/energy/substance flow analysis, business strategy
  • Industrial metabolism, lifecycle assessment/management
  • Eco-industrial parks, industrial symbiosis, industrial ecosystems
  • Environmental/integrated supply/value chain management
  • Environmental stakeholder/network management, sustainable development
  • Inter-organisational management and EMS, regional EMS
  • SMEs, environmental auditing/reporting, decision-making analysis
  • CSR, extended producer responsibility, cleaner production
  • Legislation, government, environmental policy instruments
  • Market/economic-based environmental policy instruments, voluntary instruments
  • Comparison of economic/industrial systems and natural ecosystems
  • Industrial ecosystem metaphor/analogy, structural/organisational properties
  • Biomimicry, metabolism in natural ecosystems/industrial systems
  • Earth system/landscape ecology, earth systems engineering, ecological economics
  • Philosophy of science, ethics, the scientific field of industrial ecology


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Material and energy flow analysis

  • Industrial metabolism
  • Material flow analysis (MFA)
  • Energy flow analysis
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA)
  • Substance flow analysis (SFA)
  • Eco-industrial parks, industrial symbiosis and industrial ecosystems

Business strategy, environmental management and industrial ecology

  • Business strategy and inter-organisational environmental management
  • Life cycle management
  • Environmental supply chain management
  • Integrated chain management
  • Environmental value chain management
  • Environmental stakeholder management
  • Environmental network management
  • Environmental management systems (EMS) and inter-organisational management
  • Environmental auditing and reporting and inter-organisational management
  • Regional environmental management systems (REMS)
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • SMEs and inter-organisational environmental management
  • Decision-making analysis and the environment
  • Cleaner production

Government, environmental policy instruments and industrial ecology

  • Legislation
  • Market and economic based instruments of environmental policy
  • Voluntary instruments
  • Extended producer responsibility

Comparison of economic/industrial systems and natural ecosystems

  • Industrial ecosystem metaphor and analogy
  • Industrial ecosystem structural and organisational properties
  • Biomimicry
  • Metabolism in natural ecosystems and in industrial systems
  • Earth system ecology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Earth systems engineering
  • Ecological economics
  • Philosophy of science, ethics and the scientific field of industrial ecology
  • Sustainable development and industrial ecology



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The objective of PIE is to bridge material and energy flow analysis to business studies, management and organisational studies and to corporate environmental management. In this way, our objective is to contribute to the ecological, but also to the social and economic dimensions, of sustainable development. While the approach of PIE in combining engineering and natural science orientated methods with social science or business economics methods is a novel and fresh contribution to the theory of industrial ecology, the journal also sees this bridge as the critical step that must be taken to turn industrial ecology theory into industrial ecology practice.


Academics, practitioners, business stakeholders and the government and others involved in sustainable development research and practice, in material and energy flow studies and applications and in corporate social responsibility and environmental management.


PIE encourages the use of a systems approach to the flows of matter and energy. This provides a vehicle to complement intra-organisational environmental management with inter-organisational environmental management, because the physical flows cross products, process and firm boundaries. Inter-organisational environmental management addresses the entire life cycle of products from cradle to grave and all the networks, economic actors and business stakeholders along this life cycle.



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    Editor in Chief

  • Evangelinos, Konstantinos I., University of the Aegean, Greece

Associate Editor

  • Wong, Zoe, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

African Editor

  • Kituyi, Evans, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Asian Editor

  • Chiu, Anthony Shun Fung, De La Salle University Manila, Philippines

Indian Editor

  • Sahay, Arun, Management Development Institute, India

Editorial Assistant

  • Skouloudis, Antonis, University of the Aegean, Greece

Editorial Board Members

  • Baldwin, James, The University of Sheffield, UK
  • Baumann, Henrikke, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Baumgartner, Rupert, Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria
  • Brent, Alan C., University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Brown, Terrence E., KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Cerin, Pontus, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • Desrochers, Pierre, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Canada
  • Deutz, Pauline, University of Hull, UK
  • Eriksson, Ola, University of Gävle, Sweden
  • Fichtner, Wolf, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Figge, Frank, Queen's University Belfast, UK
  • Finnveden, Göran, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Sweden
  • Gupta, Bhaskar Sen, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
  • Hilty, Lorenz M., Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA), Switzerland
  • Hoffren, Jukka, Statistics Finland, Finland
  • Honkasalo, Antero, Ministry of Environment, Finland
  • Huber, Joseph, Martin-Luther-Universität, Germany
  • Huesemann, Michael H., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
  • Jokinen, Pekka, University of Tampere, Finland
  • Kajanus, Miika, Savonia Polytechnic, Finland
  • Kamppinen, Matti, University of Turku, Finland
  • Kassinis, George, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Keitsch, Martina, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Korhonen, Outi, University of Turku, Finland
  • Kovács, Gyöngyi, HANKEN – Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki, Finland
  • Kytzia, Susanne, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
  • Laestadius, Staffan, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Lal, David, Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU), Kazakhstan
  • Lovio, Raimo, Helsinki School of Business Administration, Finland
  • Luukkanen, Jyrki, Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland
  • Mäenpää, Ilmo, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Madhavan, Shobhana, University of Westminster, UK
  • Melanen, Matti, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Finland
  • Niutanen, Ville, Biomaa Ltd., Finland
  • Ong, Boon Lay, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Paloviita, Ari, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Peck, Philip, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics – IIIEE, Sweden
  • Pongracz, Eva, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Rikhardsson, Pall, SAS Institute A/S, Denmark
  • Robèrt, Karl-Henrik, The Natural Step International, Sweden
  • Roberts, Brian H., University of Canberra, Australia
  • Salminen, Pekka, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Schaltegger, Stefan, Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany
  • Seager, T. P., Purdue University, USA
  • Snäkin, Juha-Pekka, Oulu Polytechnic, Finland
  • Tansey, James, University of Oxford, UK
  • Vehmas, Jarmo, Turku School of Economics, Finland
  • Vermeulen, Walter J.V., Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Von Hauff, Michael, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Von Malmborg, Fredrik, Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communication, Sweden
  • Yang, Perry Pei-Ju, National University of Singapore, Singapore


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