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Alejandro Gallego Schmid

Senior Lecturer in Circular Economy and Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment, University of Manchester

Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid works as a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Circular Economy and Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment at the Department of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. He is part of Tyndall Manchester - an interdisciplinary team working on relevant research on climate change sustainability, where he works identifying sustainable solutions for industrial, agricultural, construction, water and energy systems on a life cycle and circular economy basis, taking into account economic, environmental and social aspects. Alejandro holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science, a MEng in Environmental Engineering and obtained his PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering with First Class (Honours) cum laude.

Alejandro's research experience, both in industry and academia, has been focus on:

- Circular economy
- Life cycle assessment (LCA)
- Life cycle costing (LCC)
- Social sustainability assessment
- Multi-criteria decision analysis

His current research is focused on: i) the role of circular economy to tackle climate change; ii) the implementation of circular economy in renewable sources of energy; iii) circular economy and the informal waste sector in the Global South; and iv) the nexus between circular economy and digitalization.

Dr Gallego Schmid has published more than 60 scientific articles (h=23; >2000 citations) in international journals, have given more than 40 oral presentations in national and international conferences and Universities, has been awarded three research fellowships and participated as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator in 15 national and international scientific projects. Currently, Alejandro is the University of Manchester Principal Investigator on the EPSRC £1.1M "Environmental impacts of digital services for health and wellbeing in the home". Alejandro also leads the Royal Academy of Engineering project "Assessing the informal waste sector contribution to Nepal circularity transition". He is also working on a range of other funded projects including: the Supergen Energy Network Hub's "Whole system analysis impact of thermal energy storage technologies in future UK energy networks" and a collaboration with industry partners to understand the life cycle environmental impacts of smart connected packaging tags. He has had also a major role on several other projects like the "Designing Sustainable Supply Chains" project sponsored by a major retailer and a European Union H2020 project quantifying the environmental sustainability of solar reactors in the cement industry. He has been part of the scientific committee and session chair in several national and international conferences (e.g. IX International Conference of Life Cycle Assessment in Latin America). His research work has been published in high impact factor journals (Q1) like Journal of Cleaner Production, Resource Conservation Recycling, Applied Energy, Water Research among others.

Alejandro has been a visiting fellow at the Universities of Girona and Almeria (Spain), is an Associate Member of The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA), an Associate Member of The United Nations Life Cycle Assessment Initiative, Editor of two Special Issues in Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Co-founder of the LCA for Circular Economy Plastics network, Elected Member of the IChemE Energy Centre Leadership Forum and Leader of the Sustainable Communities and Infrastructure theme group of the Manchester African Research Network at the University of Manchester.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Circular Economy and Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment, University of Manchester


  • 2001 
    University of Almeria (Spain), Environmental Science