Professor Environmental Systems Analysis
Professor Sangwon Suh is the Chair of Environmental Systems Analysis at CML, Leiden University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Sangwon Suh is the Chair Professor in Environmental Systems Analysis at CML, Leiden University. He earned his PhD in industrial ecology at Leiden University in 2004. His research focuses on the sustainability of the human-nature complexity through the understanding of materials and energy exchanges between them. His work contributed to the theoretical foundations and practical applications of quantitative sustainability assessment in the areas of life cycle assessment (LCA) and industrial ecology. Dr. Suh served the International Resource Panel (IRP) of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) as a member and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a Coordinating Lead Author. He received the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship from the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents, Leontief Memorial Prize and the Richard Stone Prize from the International Input-Output Association (IIOA), the Robert A. Laudise Medal from the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), Distinguished Teaching Award by the Bren School, and Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA). He was elected as a Fellow of British Royal Society of Arts.
He worked as a lecturer at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University in the U.S. between 2004 and 2005. In 2005, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor of the Department of Biosystems and Bioproducts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he served until 2010. He assumed an Associate Professor position at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010, where he was promoted to a full Professor in 2016. He assumed the Chair Professor in Environmental Systems Analysis at Leiden University, the Netherlands in 2021, while continuing to hold the full Professor position at the Bren School. He served on the International Resource Panel of the UN Environment and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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