Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid MEng, PhD, FHEA


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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, textile, 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 and achieve net-zero solutions; 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 peer-reviewed journals, has 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 20 national and international scientific projects (total > £7M). 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 the Journal of Cleaner Production, Resource Conservation Recycling, Applied Energy, Water Research among others. Alejandro is a Member of the Editorial Board of Sustainable Horizons (Elsevier) and Circular Economy and Sustainability (Springer). 

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", and, as part of Innovate UK project, the quantification of the carbon footprint of a new graphene-enhanced and low-carbon cement. 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", a research partnership with Tesco PLC to study how data analysis can help to scale up textile recycling 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 in 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

Alejandro has been a visiting fellow at the Universities of Girona and Almeria (Spain), is the Lead of the Resourceful Futures Challenge at Sustainable Futures,  Co-Lead of the Tyndall Centre's Reaching Zero Emissions Theme,  an Associate Member of The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), Elected member of the British Standards Institution committee to develop a new standard AMT/10/1/1 “Sustainable Robotics", Elected Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, 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.

External positions

Environmental Engineer and Sustainability Research and Development Manager, Cosentino S.A.

Feb 2010Oct 2014

Postdoctoral Researcher University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

Jan 2009Jan 2010

Areas of expertise

  • TP Chemical technology - Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Carbon footprint, Circular economy, Sustainability, Energy, Wastewater treatment


  • Life cycle assessment (LCA), Sustainability, Circular Economy, Developing countries, Energy, Wastewater treatment, Informal Waste Sector, Global South, Climate Change, Digitalization, Net zero, Life Cycle Costing, Social Life Cycle Assessment, Carbon footprint, Carbon emissions

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2008 - Doctor of Engineering, Spatial differentiation in Life Cycle Assessment methodology: Development of regional factors for aquatic and terrestrial eutrophication , University of Santiago de Compostela (2004 - 2008)
  • 2004 - Master of Engineering, MEng in Environmental Engineering (2001 - 2004)
  • 2001 - Bachelor of Science, BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science (1997 - 2001)

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