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Principal Research Fellow, RMIT University

Karli is a Principal Research Fellow (Associate Professor) in the Industrial Design program within the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University in Melbourne. Her research interests include life cycle assessment (LCA), packaging, sustainability and food waste. Karli is also Chief Investigator of "LCA in the last frontier: using life cycle assessment to reduce the environmental impacts of scientific operations in the Antarctic" a five year project funded through the Australian Antarctic Science Program 2012/13.


  • –present
    Principal Research Fellow, RMIT University


  • 2003 
    Victoria University, PhD
  • 1996 
    Deakin University, BSc (Hons)
  • 1995 
    Deakin University, BAppScEnvMan (Haz Materials)


  • 2017
    Systematic review of greenhouse gas emissions for different fresh food categories, Journal of Cleaner Production, 140, pp 766-782; with S Clune, E Crossin and K Verghese
  • 2016
    EcoReDesign: Methods and Products for Environmental Change, RMIT Design Archives Journal, 6(1), pp 42-50; with S Lockrey, K Verghese, A Pears, P Taylor and L Fennessy
  • 2016
    Spreading the life cycle word: the role of RMIT Centre for Design, RMIT Design Archives Journal, 6(1), pp 32-41; with K Verghese, D Hes, A Carre, E Crossin and T Grant
  • 2016
    Recycling the construction and demolition waste in Vietnam: opportunities and challenges in practice, Journal of Cleaner Production, 133, pp 757-766; with S Lockrey, H Nguyen, E Crossin and K Verghese
  • 2015
    Packaging's role in minimising food loss and waste across the supply chain, Packaging Technology and Science, 28, pp 603-620; with K Verghese, H Lewis, S Lockrey and H Williams
  • 2014
    The influence of packaging attributes on consumer behaviour in food-packaging LCA studies - a neglected topic, Journal of Cleaner Production, 73, pp 100-108; with F Wikstrom, H Williams, K Verghese, S Clune
  • 2014
    Districts, Lifestyles and Avoiding Food Waste, Report for Banyule City Council and Metropolitan Waste Management Group; with K Verghese, S Lockrey and H Williams
  • 2012
    Future of Packaging White Paper, Report for Australian Food and Grocery Council; with K Verghese, S Clune, S Lockrey, H Lewis and P Crittenden
  • 2012
    Packaging for Sustainability, Springer, London; with K Verghese, H Lewis and L Fitzpatrick
  • 2012
    Life cycle assessment (LCA) of food and beverage packaging, in Lee Yam (ed.) Emerging Food Packaging Technologies: Principles and Practice, Woodhead Publishers, London, pp 380-408; with K Verghese, S Lockrey, S Clune and D Sivaraman
  • 2010
    Evaluating the sustainability impacts of packaging: The plastic carry bag dilemma, Packaging Technology and Science, 23 (3), pp 145-160; with H Lewis, K Verghese and L Fitzpatrick
  • 2010
    PIQET: The design and development of an online 'streamlined' LCA tool for sustainable packaging design decision support, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 15 (6), pp 608-620; with K Verghese, R Horne and A Carre
  • 2009
    Life Cycle Assessment: Principles, Practice and Prospects, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne; editors R Horne, T Grant and K Verghese
  • 2008
    Environmental assessment of food packaging and advanced methods to choose the correct material, in E. Chiellini (ed.) Environmentally Compatible Food Packaging, Woodhead Publishing, UK, pp 182-210
  • 2007
    Environmental innovation in industrial packaging: a supply chain approach, International Journal of Production Research, 45, pp 4381-4401; with K Verghese and H Lewis
  • 2006
    Qualitative and quantitative tool development to support environmentally responsible decisions, Journal of Cleaner Production, 15 (8-9), pp 814-818; with K Verghese and D Hes
  • 2005
    Analysing the effectiveness of an environmental voluntary agreement: the case of the Australian National Packaging Covenant, in Edoardo Croci (ed.) The handbook of environmental voluntary agreements, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp 283-306; with R Burritt, H Lewis and K Verghese
  • 2005
    Sustainable packaging systems development, in Walter Leal Filho (ed.) Handbook of sustainability research, Peter Lang, Frankfurt, pp 371-407; with K Verghese, H Lewis, K Sonneveld and L Fitzpatrick

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Packaging
  • Editorial Board Member of Packaging, Technology and Science