Understanding slums: analysis of the metabolic pattern of the Vidigal favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  title={Understanding slums: analysis of the metabolic pattern of the Vidigal favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil},
  author={Raul F. C. Miranda and Carolina Grottera and M. Giampietro},
  journal={Environment, Development and Sustainability},
This paper illustrates an innovative approach to characterize the metabolic pattern of informal urban settlements or slums with the aim to better understand the factors that affect the material standard of living of slum residents, the dynamics of slum development and the interaction of the slum with its wider socioeconomic context. The proposed system of accounting, multi-scale integrated analysis of societal and ecosystem metabolism (MuSIASEM), integrates socioeconomic and spatial data and… Expand
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