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The Australian National University

Dr Timothy Baynes

PhD Physics (UNSW) 2002, BSc(Hons) Medical Physics (UNSW) 1995
ANU College of Science
T: +61 2 9490 8824

Research interests

Concepts and techniques of industrial ecology to investigate the material and energy needs of society: the ‘metabolism’ of society. I am currrently working with scientists at the University of Sydney to develop an online virtual industrial ecology laboratory for Australia and ‘MEFISTO’: a scenario tool for studying material and energy flows integrated with stock dynamics.

I have an enduring interest in industrial ecology at the city scale and the use of material and energy flow accounting, input-output analysis and complex systems science to address problems of urban environmental sustainability



I have been a researcher at CSIRO for more than 10 years, investigating scenarios of population growth, resource use and environmental impacts from the regional to the international scale. Earlier research with the Australian National University and the University of New South Wales, focused on applied physics, and led to highly cited international journal articles on magnetics and biophysics. I have broad academic and research experience that I like to think brings some creative thinking on open ended problems of sustainability and economic development. Recent work on climate impacts and adaptation was cited in the IPCC 5th Assessment, I am the moderator of the Complex Dynamics of Urban Systems wiki page, I was a contributing author to the Global Energy Assessment and in other projects I have advised to the United Nations Environment Program.

Other activities and associations:

  • Member International Society of Industrial Ecology 2005 – present
  • Member of the Scientific Committee for the 11th International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) Socio-Economic Metabolism conference and the 4th ISIE Asia-Pacific Conference, 2014
  • Member of Organising Committee for the 8th Asia Pacific Complex Systems Conference and Chair of the Complexity in Water Energy and Urban Development Session
  • Australian Institute of Physics (NSW) Award for Postgraduate Excellence 2001.

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