Life cycle studies
Degree: Postdoctoral Researcher
Department: Civil Engineering
Energy Systems Analysis Energy systems are complex, requiring comprehensive analyses to describe their environmental, financial and technical performances and to identify the trade-offs among them. Such analyses can be used to guide future research and development, as well as to inform decision-making by industry and government. My current and past research have involved: the application of expert elicitation techniques in the oil sands industry; an examination of the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of producing liquid fuels from unconventional fossil sources; an investigation of the trade-offs associated with using alternative fuels for oil sands operations; the formulation of a life cycle-based framework for energy resource use decisions (applied to evaluate options for utilising oil sands coke); and, the development of a combined life cycle assessment/real options analyses method.