Smart symbiosis - collaboration for common resource flows

Project: Research

Project Details


The aim with this project is to develop smart symbiosis solutions. Smart symbiosis connects energy and material flows with the purpose of creating resource efficiency and contribute to creating innovation and integration into the value chain. Growing ideas about circular economics imply that there is great potential to link many more flows and to find new synergies by including whole value chains. Smart symbiosis will be further developed by combining mathematical modeling, network analysis and value-added studies to analyze interfaces where not only material and energy-efficient processes meet but also stakeholders' interests and values and where preconditions exist for e.g. common business models. The analysis will be done with a norm critical perspective, leading to a framework for smart symbiosis that includes how resource flows can and should be used from a techno-economic and climate perspective and how networks can be used as resources to achieve efficient resource use.

The project is part of the national interdisciplinary graduate school in Energy systems and funded by the Swedish Energy Agency.
Short titleSmart sybiosis
Effective start/end date2018/09/012023/08/31

Collaborative partners

  • Lund University (lead)
  • Linköping University
  • Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE)


  • Swedish Energy Agency

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production