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A Triple Bottom Line Analysis of Global Consumption

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ISBN 9789814968010
February 1, 2022 Forthcoming by Jenny Stanford Publishing
500 Pages

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Book Description

This book adds a whole new dimension to the editors’ previous work on the social, economic, and environmental effects of global trade. For the first time it brings all three pillars of sustainability together into one coherent multiregional input–output (MRIO) framework. It shows the power of MRIO analysis to illuminate the local and global interdependencies of economic, environmental, and social systems and the benefits to be gained through analysing all three together. Change one thing and everything else changes. With chapters from around 60 researchers across 34 countries, this book illustrates the effect of natural resources and government policy settings 1990–2015 on the balancing act that was—and is—global trade.

Now, at the beginning of 2021, the book has taken on an unforeseen and deeply relevant significance. It has provided a holistic systems’ view of how supply chains work, revealing how easily they can become fragmented and out of kilter. And within all the chaos of COVID-19 it has provided the one tool that can help rebuild a post-pandemic global economy into a fairer, safer world. Input–output (IO) analysis was recognized by the United Nations as the tool needed to help rebuild shattered national economies after WWII. MRIO is now the very tool that can help rebuild a post-pandemic global economy.

Edited by prominent researchers in the field, Joy Murray, Anne Owen, Moana Simas, and Arunima Malik, the book is designed to appeal to a broad academic, business, and government audience. The 34 country chapters together build an unprecedented picture of global consumption, illustrating the power of MRIO to reveal social, environmental, and economic interdependencies and hence provide a tool to help plan for a post-pandemic fairer world.

Table of Contents

1. A Global Perspective on Sustainable Development

K. S. Wiebe

2. Analysing Global Value Chains using the OECD’s Inter-Country Input–Output Tables

N. Yamano and K. S. Wiebe

3. Money Cannot Compensate for Entropy: Ecologically Unequal Exchange and the Decoupling of Economics from Reality

A. Hornborg

4. Is It the End of World (Trade) As We Know It? Changes in Global Trade Patterns after the Outbreak of COVID-19

A. Carrascal-Incera et al.

5. Methodology and Data

M. Simas

6. Europe: A Resource-Dependent Region with Strong Sustainability-Oriented Policies

M. Simas

7. European Union: Protecting the Environment while Securing Jobs and Growth

J. Rueda-Cantuche

8. Austria

B. Plank et al.

9. Bulgaria

D. Ivanova

10. France: International resources for a sustainable, inclusive and innovative future?

Y. Oswald

11. Germany

L. Becker and C. Lutz

12. Italy

T. Gregori

13. Netherlands

G. Aguilar-Hernandez

14. Norway: Rich + Green = Sustainable?

C.-J. Sodersten and S. Schmidt

15. Sweden: An Environmental Success Story

C.-J. Sodersten and S. Schmidt

16. The UK: A Proud Leader or Dishonest User of Statistics?

T. Mair and A. Druckman

17. Poland

M. Baltruszewicz

18. Transition of Slovakia towards a Modern Market Economy

M. Lábaj

19. Spain

P. Rocchi and J. M. Valderas-Jaramillo

20. Africa As a Net Exporter of Natural Resources and Pollution

M. de Wit

21. South Africa: The Sideways Drift of a Jobless Coal-and-Carbon Nexus

M. de Wit

22. Ghana

T. Wakiyama

23. Kenya

S. Jiménez Calvo

24. Morocco

P. Lecca and G. Mandras

25. Malawi

P. Lecca and G. Mandras

26. The Americas: On Track towards Sustainable Development?

J. Gómez-Paredes

27. Ecuador: A Traditional Development Path

J Gómez-Paredes

28. Bolivia

A. Escobar Espinoza and B. R. Torres

29. Nicaragua: Central America’s Green Lung—but How Much Longer?

C.-J. Sodersten and S. Schmidt

30. Brazil

A. M. Giacomin and S. A. Pacca

31. Colombia

L. I. Brand-Correa

32. Mexico: 20 years of North American Free Trade Agreement: Socio-Environmental Trends and Unequal Exchange

G. Vita

33. Argentina: Energy Transition to a Cleaner Economy

M. P. Ramos and C. A. Ramero

34. Chile

L. Bieritz

35. United States of America

T. R. Miller and C. Benoît Norris

36. Asia and Oceania: Mutual Outsourcing Partners

K. Nansai

37. The CO2 Emissions of China

Y. Wang

38. Japan

T. Wakiyama

39. Indonesia: The Economic Transmission of Global COVID-19 Outbreak to Indonesian Regions

F. Faturay

40. Russia

K. Muradov

41. Australia

J. Fry, M. Hall, and B. Foran

42. New Zealand

J. Holt

43. Middle East: The Dilemma of Oil, Water and Development

M. Yousefzadeh and S. M. H. Ali

44. Iran

M. Yousefzadeh

45. Iraq

S. M. H. Ali

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Joy Murray is a senior research fellow with the Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA) group at the School of Physics, University of Sydney, Australia. Before joining ISA, Dr. Murray worked for over 25 years in education, preschool to postgraduate. She has also worked with residents of government housing estates to collaboratively develop leadership capacity. Apart from contributing to numerous journal articles, she has edited The Sustainability Practitioner’s Guide to Input-Output Analysis (2010); Enough for All Forever: A handbook for Learning about Sustainability (2012); The Sustainability Practitioner’s Guide to Multiregional Input-Output Analysis (2013); The Sustainability Practitioner’s Guide to Social Analysis and Assessment (2016), and The Social Effects of Global Trade (2018).

Anne Owen is an academic fellow at the Sustainability Research Institute at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, UK. Dr. Owen has a background in end-use energy demand and consumption-based energy and carbon accounting using state-of-the-art multiregional input–output (MRIO) databases. Her PhD thesis was one of the first studies to compare outputs from different global MRIO databases. She is responsible for constructing the model being used to calculate UK’s carbon and material footprint—the statistics reported annually by the UK Government. Her latest research focusses on the contribution that demographic change—specifically the change in household types and household consumption—has on UK’s carbon and energy accounts. She works closely with the UK Government and not-for-profit agencies providing quantitative evidence to influence UK’s policy.

Moana Simas is a researcher at the Sustainable Energy Technologies group at SINTEF, one of the largest independent research organizations in Europe. She has a background in environmental sciences and energy systems. During her PhD in industrial ecology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, she became an expert in the development and analysis of social and environmental extensions for global multiregional input–output models. Her main research interests are macro-economic sustainability analyses, from the perspectives of the impacts of international trade on footprints and of socio-economic impacts of new policies and technologies. She has worked thoroughly on the analysis of the recent economic development and how structural changes in local and global economies have affected social and environmental footprints throughout the world. Her current work focusses on assessing triple bottom line impacts of technology change, climate policies, and circular economy strategies on local and global value chains.

Arunima Malik is an academic at the University of Sydney. She has expertise in undertaking Big-Data modelling of sustainability performance of products, processes, and organisations, and to quantify sustainability impacts at local, national, and global scales. She has carried out a range of sustainability supply-chain assessments of healthcare products, biofuel production, construction materials, global energy use, global nitrogen and greenhouse gas emissions, and tourism. Her research is interdisciplinary and focusses on the appraisal of social, economic, and environmental impacts using input–output analysis. She works closely with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network for undertaking assessments for quantifying spillover effects in international supply chains. She is also a lead author for the Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report.