Regenerative economics at the service of islands: Assessing the socio-economic metabolism of Samothraki in Greece

Cleaner production
Filippos K. Zisopoulos
Dominik Noll
Simron Singh
Daan Schraven
Martin de Jong
Brian D. Fath
Sally Goerner
Ken Webster
Dan Fiscus
Robert E. Ulanowicz
Publication Date
April, 2023
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For many islands, the answer to the question “Why a locally, self-sustaining, and regenerative economy is needed?” is clear. The struggle often lies in the “how”.

In this article, it is argued that tools from regenerative economics, which follow an island economy-as-an-organism analogy, offer valuable and complementary insights to socio-metabolic research.

Indicators from flow-based and information-based ecological network analysis can quantify properties of an island's socio-economic metabolism (SEM) which are related to cycling, resilience, and degree of mutualism, among others.

To illustrate the applicability of these methods, Samothraki in Greece has been selected as a case study.