About Industrial Ecology (IndEcol)
IndEcol is an interdisciplinary research programme specialising in environmental sustainability analysis.
The main overarching objective of our research is to establish a next generation industrial ecology framework for supporting the global community in realizing sustainable development goals.
Our research areas are framed around the recently adopted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and include:
- Ecosystems and Bioresources
- Energy, Transport and Buildings
- Circular Economy and Resources
- Sustainable Production and Consumption
We also host the NTNU Sustainability office, which represents one of four strategic research areas ("TSO") at the university.
The programme was initiated in 1994 and covers several research disciplines and a comprehensive educational curriculum. We established the world's first PhD programme in Industrial Ecology in 2003, and set up the international Master of Science in Industrial Ecology the following year. Read more about IndEcol's history.
How we work
We work together with industry, institutions, and organisations. Our researchers contribute to major international reports and working groups, and publish in highly-ranked journals. Our expertise is used to consult industry and policy makers on how the environmental impacts of modern lifestyle can become more sustainable.
Our group consists of Professors, Researchers, Post-Doctoral Fellows and PhD candidates, and currently numbers around 45 people. We have a dedicated Industrial Ecology Digital Laboratory. In addition, we host 2-3 guest researchers on a continuous basis.