Background and activities
Richard specializes in studies of sustainable consumption and production, using quantitative approaches that capture the globalisation and development aspects of the field. He contributes to the development of input-output (IO) and associated life-cycle techniques for the analysis of environmental “footprints” and other consumption and trade based analysis. He contributes to both methodological and empirical efforts in the field, and is a developer of EXIOBASE, one of the most detailed global environmental input-output databases available.
Indecol has a masters program in industrial ecology for those interested.
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1. Development, trade and the environment (Globalisation).
We study the environmenal impacts associated with trade, investigating how specialisation has occured through globalisation in order to quantify the level of outsourcing of environmental impacts between countries. We look at the influence of labor productivity, energy productivity, capital and materials; we particularly look at structural changes in the economy; and interpret outcomes in terms of environmental impacts and quality of life.
2. Environmental footprints (sustainable consumption).
We study the environmental impacts of consumption - looking at consumer demand, consumer choice, rebound effects and possibilities for "green lifestyles".
3. Global supply chain analysis.
We are highly active in the development and use of input-output modelling frameworks in which to capture impacts across the globe - giving a spatial resolution along supply chains from source to point of consumption. Such work has given unprecedented detail into intersectorial relationships and their impact on the environment.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2020) Hybridization of complete PLCA and MRIO databases for a comprehensive product system coverage. Journal of Industrial Ecology. vol. 24 (4).
- (2020) Adding country resolution to EXIOBASE: impacts on land use embodied in trade. Journal of Economic Structures. vol. 9.
- (2020) The unequal distribution of household carbon footprints in Europe and its link to sustainability. Global Sustainability. vol. 3.
- (2020) Quantifying Europe's biodiversity footprints and the role of urbanization and income. Global Sustainability. vol. 3.
- (2020) Explaining decoupling in high income countries: A structural decomposition analysis of the change in energy footprint from 1970 to 2009. Energy. vol. 194.
- (2020) Quantifying the potential for consumer-oriented policy to reduce European and foreign carbon emissions. Climate Policy. vol. 20.
- (2020) The capital load of global material footprints. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. vol. 158.
- (2020) Happier with less? Members of European environmental grassroots initiatives reconcile lower carbon footprints with higher life satisfaction and income increases. Energy Research & Social Science. vol. 60.
- (2020) The structure, drivers and policy implications of the European carbon footprint. Climate Policy. vol. 20.
- (2019) FABIO – The Construction of the Food and Agriculture Biomass Input-Output Model. Environmental Science and Technology. vol. 53.
- (2019) Beyond the borders – burdens of Swedish food consumption due to agrochemicals, greenhouse gases and land-use change. Journal of Cleaner Production. vol. 214.
- (2019) The socio-economic impacts of introducing circular economy into Mediterranean rice production. Journal of Cleaner Production. vol. 218.
- (2019) The Swedish Footprint: A Multi-model Comparison. Journal of Cleaner Production. vol. 209.
- (2019) Environmental pressure from Swedish consumption - The largest contributing producer countries, products and services. Journal of Cleaner Production. vol. 231.
- (2019) Global transport emissions in the Swedish carbon footprint. Journal of Cleaner Production. vol. 226.
- (2019) A multi-impact analysis of changing ICT consumption patterns for Sweden and the EU: Indirect rebound effects and evidence of decoupling. Journal of Cleaner Production. vol. 211.
- (2019) Building national emission inventories for the energy sector: Implications for life cycle assessment and nations environmental footprinting. Science of the Total Environment.
- (2019) Increasing impacts of land use on biodiversity and carbon sequestration driven by population and economic growth. Nature Ecology and Evolution. vol. 3 (4).
- (2019) Environmental pressures from Swedish consumption – A hybrid multi-regional input-output approach. Journal of Cleaner Production. vol. 228.
- (2019) Agricultural and forestry trade drives large share of tropical deforestation emissions. Global Environmental Change. vol. 56.