Alejandro Gallego-Schmid


Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid is the Co-Lead of the Tyndall Centre’s Reaching Zero Emissions Theme and works as a Senior Lecturer 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.

Dr Gallego Schmid has published more than 60 scientific articles in international 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. He has been part of the scientific committee and session chair in several national and international conferences (e.g.  VIII 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 has been a visiting fellow at the Universities of Girona and Almeria (Spain), is the Lead of the Resourceful Futures Challenge at Sustainable Futures,   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.

Research interests

Alejandro’s research experience, both in industry and academia, has been focused on:

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

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.

Research Areas


Phone: +44 (0) 161 306 8962

Postal Address:

Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering University of Manchester HG1, Pariser Building | Sackville Street | Manchester | M13 9PL | UK

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Twitter: @schmid_gallego