Laurence Stamford

Laurence Stamford


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Laurence is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Chemical Engineering. His main interest is the role of new technologies in sustainable development. This involves identifying and quantifying the environmental, economic and social implications of technological systems. By applying life cycle thinking to industrial systems, he considers their upstream and downstream effects, identifying new opportunities, avoiding unintended negative consequences, and prioritising future research and policy. His work is funded primarily by UK research councils (EPSRC, NERC) and the EU (H2020).

Laurence's PhD was awarded in 2012 for his work on the sustainability of energy systems. Since then he has applied concepts such as life cycle thinking, circular economy and eco-efficiency to the energy sector (nuclear, gas, wind, solar, storage, future scenarios), the food sector, and bio-processes.


2012: PhD, Life cycle sustainability assessment of electricity generation: a methodology and an application in the UK context, The University of Manchester

2006: MA, Biological Sciences, University of Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Energy
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Dalton Nuclear Institute
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


  • Life cycle assessment
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Sustainable development


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