student profile: Ms Rachel Reyes


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Analysis of multi-criteria wellbeing in the context of multi-region input-output framework

Supervisors: Joy MURRAY , Manfred LENZEN

Thesis abstract:

As the world has increasingly become more globalised, so has the complexity of economic interconnections across the world. The prevailing economic trade structure suggests that goods and services consumed at a certain geographic location embody not only inputs (materials, capital and labour) sourced worldwide but also implications that span across countries and territories. This work focuses on tracing the direct and indirect, as well as within country and trans-boundary, wellbeing implications of economic activities in different countries and regions of the world throughout the supply chains. Adopting a novel quantitative interdisciplinary approach, socio-economic multi-region input-output (MRIO) analysis is implemented in globally linking wellbeing of workers participating in the supply chains with international trade flows. While wellbeing is primarily a social indicator, it is a multidimensional concept with economic, social and environmental aspects that are explored in this work and represented by a suite of corresponding proxies. For the economic aspect of wellbeing, wages generated by workers and gender pay gaps embodied in traded goods and services are investigated. For the social aspect, a summary indicator that covers multiple dimensions such as basic human needs, foundations of wellbeing and opportunity is traced along the supply chains. Finally, the environmental aspect of wellbeing is dealt with by studying disasters scenarios and recovery strategies. In effect, this research endeavours to quantitatively assess trade’s repercussions on what ultimately matters for mankind, human and societal wellbeing. Such a study requires efficient compilation of high-quality multi-region input-output tables and a system for handling large-scale data. To deliver on these, the virtual laboratory is envisioned as an enabler for conducting policy-informing analyses such as this work. This study concludes with an outlook of how research on social- or human-related impacts of global activities may be further advanced.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Reyes, R., Geschke, A. (2015). Envisioning a Social Footprints Virtual Laboratory. In Joy Murray, Darian McBain, Thomas Wiedmann (Eds.), The Sustainability Practitioner's Guide to Social Analysis and Assessment, (pp. 229-235). Illinois: Common Ground Publishing. [More Information]

Journals

  • Reyes, R., Lenzen, M., Murray, J. (2017). Better Global Assessment of Worker Inequality: Comment on "The Employment Footprints of Nations". Journal of Industrial Ecology, 21(5), 1188-1197. [More Information]
  • Lenzen, M., Geschke, A., Abd Rahman, M., Xiao, Y., Fry, J., Reyes, R., Dietzenbacher, E., Inomata, S., Kanemoto, K., Los, B., Schulte in den Baumen, H., et al (2017). The Global MRIO Lab - charting the world economy. Economic Systems Research, 29(2), 158-186. [More Information]
  • Reyes, R., Geschke, A., de Koning, A., Wood, R., Bulavskaya, T., Stadler, K., Schulte in den Baumen, H., Tukker, A. (2017). The Virtual IELab � an exercise in replicating part of the EXIOBASE V.2 production pipeline in a virtual laboratory. Economic Systems Research, 29(2), 209-233. [More Information]
  • Alsamawi, A., Murray, J., Lenzen, M., Reyes, R. (2017). Trade in occupational safety and health: Tracing the embodied human and economic harm in labour along the global supply chain. Journal of Cleaner Production, 147, 187-196. [More Information]

2017

  • Reyes, R., Lenzen, M., Murray, J. (2017). Better Global Assessment of Worker Inequality: Comment on "The Employment Footprints of Nations". Journal of Industrial Ecology, 21(5), 1188-1197. [More Information]
  • Lenzen, M., Geschke, A., Abd Rahman, M., Xiao, Y., Fry, J., Reyes, R., Dietzenbacher, E., Inomata, S., Kanemoto, K., Los, B., Schulte in den Baumen, H., et al (2017). The Global MRIO Lab - charting the world economy. Economic Systems Research, 29(2), 158-186. [More Information]
  • Reyes, R., Geschke, A., de Koning, A., Wood, R., Bulavskaya, T., Stadler, K., Schulte in den Baumen, H., Tukker, A. (2017). The Virtual IELab � an exercise in replicating part of the EXIOBASE V.2 production pipeline in a virtual laboratory. Economic Systems Research, 29(2), 209-233. [More Information]
  • Alsamawi, A., Murray, J., Lenzen, M., Reyes, R. (2017). Trade in occupational safety and health: Tracing the embodied human and economic harm in labour along the global supply chain. Journal of Cleaner Production, 147, 187-196. [More Information]

2015

  • Reyes, R., Geschke, A. (2015). Envisioning a Social Footprints Virtual Laboratory. In Joy Murray, Darian McBain, Thomas Wiedmann (Eds.), The Sustainability Practitioner's Guide to Social Analysis and Assessment, (pp. 229-235). Illinois: Common Ground Publishing. [More Information]

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