What is Industrial Ecology?
Industrial Ecology (IE) is an international study program for students that want to work on the global challenges ahead of us, be it climate change, water and soil pollution, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, inequality or one of the other major problems of our planet. Students are equipped with knowledge and abilities, the so-called IE toolbox, which helps to understand the problems but also to solve them holistically.
However, all the challenges are complex and cannot simply be solved with a one-dimensional solution. Because of that IE brings three major study disciplines together – natural sciences, social sciences and engineering. Due to this approach, IE is also considered the science of sustainability.
The Master’s of IE is taught at Leiden University and TU Delft and is a joint degree, combining the strengths of both universities and allowing for the interdisciplinary approach that makes it stand out. For more information check out study program websites of Leiden University and TU Delft.
Well, that sounds very theoretical but what are you dealing with when studying IE? Check out the word cloud!