Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid


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Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid has 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 has participated as PI and co-I in 12 national and international scientific projects. He has worked as an Environmental Engineer and Sustainability Research and Development Manager in a sector leader multinational industrial company (Cosentino S.A.) and as Research Associate in the Sustainable Industrial Systems research group at the University of Manchester.

Nowadays, Alejandro works as a Lecturer in Circular Economy and Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment at the School of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. He is part of Tyndall Manchester - an interdisciplinary team working on policy relevant research on climate change where he works identifying sustainable solutions for industrial systems on a life cycle and eco-design basis, taking into account economic, environmental and social aspects. Alejandro's experience has been focus on life cycle assessment (LCA), carbon footprint, circular economy, material flow analysis, social sustainability assessment, life cycle costing, multi-criteria decision analysis, material efficiency, circular economy and global change both in the academia and industry. His current research is focus on the circularity and sustainability of solar photovoltaic technologies and wastewater treatment in developing countries.


External positions

Cosentino S.A.

Feb 2010Oct 2014

Postdoctoral Researcher University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

Jan 2009Jan 2010

Areas of expertise

  • TP Chemical technology - LCA, Carbon footprint, Circular economy, Eco-design, Global change, Life cycle assessment, Sustainability, Sustainable Development

Research Networks and Beacons


  • Life cycle assessment, Sustainability, Circular Economy, Global change, Eco-design, Carbon footprint

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2008 - Doctor of Engineering, “Spatial differentiation in Life Cycle Assessment methodology: Development of regional factors for aquatic and terrestrial eutrophication”. , LocalizedString(id=76146292, text={en_GB=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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