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Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems: Special Issue on Size of the Society – Linkages Between Material Flows and Stocks of Socio-economic Metabolism



Mihály Dombi, University of Debrecen, Hungary (Coordinating Editor)
Luis Inostroza, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany  


Socioeconomic metabolism research has been developing intensively in the last decades. Methods and tools of different temporal and spatial analyses were successfully established and applied by a broadening scientific community. Recently, one of the paths providing a deeper understanding of sustainability problems and resource requirement in particular, has been the joint analysis of material stocks and flows. Results have revealed an extremely high physical amount of stocks, relative to flows, in societal systems thus material stocks may intensely influence or even determine the resource use. From this perspective Special Issue Size of the Society will focus on (but will not be restricted to) the following subjects:

  • Accounting for material flows and stocks of the socioeconomic metabolism 
  • Role of stocks in the socioeconomic metabolism 
  • Stocks and flows of food supply chain 
  • Urban metabolism 

Growing material requirement of the global society performs as the main driver of unsustainable development path. Utilization of increasing amount of natural resources will lead to significant changes in the ecosystem which adaptation capacity is uncertain. The data presented at Size of The Society – International workshop on linkages between material flows and stocks of socio-economic metabolism conference (Debrecen, Hungary, January 27-28, 2017) and then submitted to CASES Special Issue will deal with theoretic issues and evidences for crucial role of material stocks in the socio-ecological systems. 



The authors are kindly invited to register at CASES paper processing system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/cases/default.aspx and submit their contribution using a special track established for this Special Issue (Size of the Society). All papers will go through CASES high standards, quick, fair and comprehensive peer-review procedure. Instructions for authors are available here. In case of any questions please contact Coordinating Editor or Journal Editor, Christine Fürst.

Submission deadline: April 15, 2017

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