Physical Resource Theory

At Physical Resource Theory we develop knowledge for transitions to a sustainable future with a high quality of life for the global community. Our research focuses on the interactions between technology, society and nature. 
We use a systems perspective to perform interdisciplinary research including theory development, mathematical modeling, as well as quantitative and qualitative analysis. 
We aspire to pursue an active engagement and dialogue with society, through education, stakeholder interaction and support to decision makers.

The research at the Division of Physical Resource Theory has its roots in Physics. From the beginning the research was focused on the conversions of physical resources (materials and energy) in natural and societal systems and the build-up and maintenance of structure.
Today, our interdisciplinary research can be divided into these main areas:

Sustainable transport & mobility​​

Analyses options for sustainable transport including alternative fuels, electric and autonomous technology, and innovative mobility solution. The group applies both qualitative and quantitative tools and evaluates policy options that support sustainable transport futures.

Energy Systems Analysis ​

This research area primarily includes modeling and analysis of future energy and transport systems. Examples include how to design a renewable electricity system and how greenhouse gas emissions can be mitigated cost-effectively.
Sustainable land use & bioeconomy ​
This research group addresses questions around society’s use of land and biomass resources, within a broad sustainability perspective.

Sustainable consumption ​

The interdisciplinary research group on sustainable consumption addresses a wide range of research topics related to societal and individual consumption patterns, including carbon footprints, rebound effects, time use, well-being, and policy instruments.
Navigating sustainability transitions ​

The research group conducts research in inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration on how complex sustainability transitions can be guided in practice with an emphasis on backcasting and societal labs. The group has co-founded and built up Chalmers Initiative for Innovation and Sustainability Transitions and their own testbed Challenge Lab​

Development of methodology and models for studies of societal systems ​

The groups research aims at improved understanding of systems composed by interacting agents in society. This includes model development of energy systems transitions and bridges to more applied areas within the division.

Complex systems include theory and model development for analysis of collective phenomena in nature and society, for example in statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics, as well as in ecological, evolutionary, and societal systems.

We offer courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and are involved in two international master's programs: Industrial Ecology and Complex Adaptive Systems

Published: Tue 11 Apr 2017. Modified: Wed 20 Mar 2019