Measuring carrying capacity – lecture 11th Sep

Welcome to open lecture organized by Creative Sustainability Master’s Program!

Place: Aalto Media Factory Auditorium
Time: Tuesday 11.9. 17:00-19:00

Measuring carrying capacity: some implications of self sufficiency

Murray Lane, Architect, Ph.D. Candidate
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

What is our long-term carrying capacity? A resource-constrained future suggests increased self-sufficiency, but at what scale? Recent Australian findings imply changes in what we eat, where we live and how we use the landscape are needed to reach a sustainable population so modelling our carrying capacity can help inform these important future decisions. This talk will highlight Australian examples from a recently released online Carrying Capacity Dashboard ( and will have relevance for land use planning, architecture and also anyone interested in future sustainable societal systems.

Murray Lane argues that any transition to a truly sustainable society requires careful and ongoing assessment of our landscape’s dynamic productive potential within a broader systems’ context of compounding environmental trends. His PhD brings new perspectives to the population debate and puts practical application to carrying capacity theory. Murray also teaches architecture at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

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