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Professor: December 2011. DTU Management, Technical University of Denmark

Professor (MSO): September 2008. Department of Planning, Innovation and Management, Technical University of Denmark

Associate Professor: August 1997. Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Management, Technical University of Denmark

PhD degree: March 1992. Environmental Science, Technical University of Denmark.

Master degree: MSc (Chem.Eng.) June 1988. Laboratory of Environmental Science and Ecology, Technical University of Denmark


  • Receiver of the SETAC Europe Edana Award for Lifetime achievement in Life Cycle Assessment 2018
  • Receiver of the DADES Environmental Prize 2014 for research accomplishments in quantitative sustainability assessment (largest national environmental prize)
  • PhD supervisor of the year at Technical University of Denmark, 2014
  • Co-receiver of the Nordic Council’s Great Nature and Environment Award 1997 in Helsinki
  • Elected member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV)
  • Elected fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), chairman of the Scientific Technical Committee A on Life Cycle Engineering and Assembly 2007-2010. Member of Council 2021-

Scientific appointments

  • Co-founder and director of the DTU Centre for Absolute Sustainability 2022–
  • Chair of the SETAC-Europe task force on Ecotoxicity Assessment in LCIA 1998-2002 and of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative Task force on Assessment of Toxic Impacts in LCIA 2002-2007 and 2017-2019
  • Chair of the Nordic Life Cycle Association, NorLCA 2006-
  • Member of the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment (subject editor for Life Cycle Impact Assessment of impacts on human health and ecosystems) and of the CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology. Subject editor for LCA for the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Associate editor for CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology
  • Member of PhD review committees at universities in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, and UK.
  • Member of scientific review panels for Swedish ProEnviro and ProViking research programmes, scientific reviewer for the Austrian Christian Doppler Forschungsgesellschaft, the Austrian Science Fund, the European Commission, the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency RIVM, and the Canadian NSERC.

Other information

Language Skills:
English - fluent
Spanish - good
French - fair
German - fair

Research areas

Life-cycle assessment methodology particularly environmental life-cycle impact assessment, but also social impacts in a life cycle assessment perspective. Assessment of absolute environmental sustainability

Practical experience with environmental assessment of products and systems within electro-mechanical and hydraulics, paper products, building materials, chemical products, food products, bio-fuels and biomaterials, Teaching at graduate and postgraduate level on the subjects of environmental sustainability, life-cycle assessment, life cycle impact assessment, ecotoxicology and environmental sciences, 

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 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

Education/Academic qualification

PhD (Terrestrial Ecotoxicology), Technical University of Denmark, Lab. of Environmental Science and Ecology


MSc.(Chem Eng), Technical University of Denmark



  • User defined:
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Sustainable engineering
  • Life cycle engineering
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Life cycle impact assessment
  • Design for environment
  • Absolute sustainability
  • SDG assessment


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