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The Journal of Industrial Ecology is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue on Linking Local Consumption to Global Impacts.

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Globalization increases the interconnectedness of people and places around the world through markets, flows of capital, labor, services, information, and human migration. Goods and services consumed in one country are often produced in other countries and exchanged via international trade. 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.  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 paper topics include:

  • Theorizing, describing and analyzing 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

Submission deadline:January 15, 2015

Klaus Hubacek, University of Maryland College Park, USA

Kuishuang Feng, University of Maryland College Park, USA

Bin Chen, Beijing Normal University, China

Shigemi Kagawa, Kyushu University, Japan

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TheJournal 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.