Island Social Metabolism

PhD Project of Dominik Noll

In my dissertation I want to outline a vision for a sustainability transformation[1] of the small ruminant sector on the island of Samothraki. Following the tradition within industrial ecology and island studies to assess biophysical aspects of socioecological systems on islands, I will use the social metabolism approach to better understand the relationships between material/energy flows and environmental degradation. The material and energy flow analysis (MEFA) as one of its core methodological approaches, is a best practice tool to assess society-nature interactions, with regard to sustainability questions. After conducting an island-wide MEFA, I will apply the framework to the small ruminant sector and enrich it with economic and qualitative data.

[1] A sustainability transformation of the small ruminant sector, in the context of this work, is understood as a transformation considering all 3 dimensions of the sustainability triangle. Sustainable development of the small ruminant sector is only feasible if ecological, social and economic aspects and their interdependencies are respected.

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