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Dominik Wiedenhofer and Marina Fischer-Kowalski (2015), Achieving absolute decoupling? Comparing biophysical scenarios and macro-economic modelling results, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 86

Marina Fischer-Kowalski and Dominik Wiedenhofer (2014), An optimal policy mix for resource use, WWWforEurope Policy Brief No. 5

Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Fridolin Krausmann and Irene Pallua (2014),
A sociometabolic reading of the Anthropocene: Modes of subsistence, population size and human impact on Earth.
In: The Anthropocene Review 1 (April 2014): 8-33

Marina Fischer-Kowalski and Daniel Hausknost (2014), Large scale societal transitions in the past, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 55

Dominik Wiedenhofer, Elena Rovenskaya, Willi Haas, Fridolin Krausmann, Irene Pallua, Marina Fischer-Kowalski (2013), 
Is there a 1970s Syndrome? Analyzing Structural Breaks in the Metabolism of Industrial Economies
In: Energy Procedia 40: 182-191. doi: 10.1016/j.egypro.2013.08.022

Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Dominik Wiedenhofer, Willi Haas, Irene Pallua and Daniel Hausknost (2013), Developing Resource use Scenarios for Europe, WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 25

XVIIth World Economic History Congress in Kyoto

WWWforEurope at the XVIIth World Economic History Congress 2015

Conference topic: Diversity in Development

Kyoto, Japan, 3 - 7 August, 2015



Marina Fischer-Kowalski presented "Societies’ energy metabolism, revolutions, and transition to 'modernity'" based on the research she conducted with, among others, Fridolin Krausmann, Irene Pallua and Elena Rovenskaya, at the XVIIth World Economic History Congress in Kyoto, Japan, in a session titled: Long run economic growth and the environment: international comparison from a socio-metabolic perspective."

This congress had attracted well over a thousand people to the “brute modern” international conference centre, excellently organised up to advertisements in the underground. The congress was “economic” in the sense that it dealt almost exclusively with economies, and it was “historical” in the sense that issues of the future did not figure much.

In both ways the session above was deviant; nevertheless, it attracted a large audience and discussions that blasted the timeframe. In particular, it was recognized that European projects like WWWforEurope provided remarkably innovative approaches.