IEL, UMN

Our Research

We are dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practice of Industrial Ecology based on inter-disciplinary and quantitative approaches.

Core research areas include:

  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Environmental Systems Analysis
  • Sustainable Water Resources Management
  • Material Flow Analysis (MFA) and Resources Management Policy
  • Network Analysis and Industrial Symbiosis
  • Carbon Footprinting and Climate Change Policy
  • Resources Productivity

Our research emphasizes quantitative approaches that utilize variety of analytical platforms such as Matlab, ArcGIS and GAMS. Our research team embraces various disciplines including engineering, economics, social science, natural resources science and management science.

Our Partners

We are working with various partners domestically and also internationally. Here is a selection of our research partners.

  • Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • National Institute of Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan
  • Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), York, UK
  • Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Initiative, University of Minnesota, USA
  • LCA 2.-0 Consultants, Denmark
  • Institute of Social Ecology (IFF), Wien, Austria
  • Korea National Cleaner Production Center (KNCPC), Seoul, South Korea
  • Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP), Minnesota, USA

Professor Sangwon Suh received Robert Laudise Medal for Industrial Ecology

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New book available in IO economics

Edited by IEL Research Director, Dr. Sangwon Suh, a new book entitled "Handbook of Input-Output Economics in Industrial Ecology" has been published. To read more about the book, please visit [News & Events]

Professor Sangwon Suh named as a McKnight Land Grant Professor

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IEL received new research funding from USDA/DOE and LCCMR

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Open positions - hiring

We are receiving applications for M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Please contact Dr. Sangwon Suh for details.