Development of LCA Calculator to support community infrastructure co-design

Aiduan Borrion

University College London

Dr Aiduan Borrion is a lecturer (Assistant Professor) in sustainable infrastructure at University College London (UCL) and co-director of UCL Engineering Exchange. She is the Regional Editor (Europe) of Environmental Engineering Science, the official journal of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), and a member of the peer review panel for British Council Newton Fund. She holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering and clean energy technology.Dr Borrion’s research interest lies in infrastructure and sustainability. Her research is focused on two areas. The first area of her research is to develop quantitative sustainability methods and tools to support the design and delivery of technology and infrastructure, using a life cycle assessment (LCA) approach.  Her research integrates environmental LCA, life cycle costing (LCC) and social LCA to support decision making in sustainable infrastructure, including energy, water, food, and waste services.   Currently she is involved in two UK research council (EPSRC) funded projects - Engineering Comes Home and Bottom Up Infrastructure. Her research supports the bottom up approach to sustainable and resilient infrastructure. The tools she develops enable 1) local communities to participate in decision making about material and technology options regarding community infrastructure (water, energy, food and waste); and 2) enable engineers and infrastructure providers to quantify life cycle environmental, economic and social impacts of community engagement in infrastructure projects.The second area of her research is focused on clean energy technologies, including anaerobic digestion (AD) and biomass bioenergy. She is interested in developing closed loop systems for a resource efficient and circular economy.Alongside her research, she runs a regular short course entitled "Conducting a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): from Theory to Practical Application", developed in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.


Engineering Comes Home turns infrastructure design on its head. The project starts with household needs and looks outward to design technologies and infrastructure, not the other way around. It aims to put people and their... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Aiduan Borrion (University College London)
  2. Pierre Allix (iilab)
  3. Kat Austen (iilab)
  4. Sarah Bell (University College London)
  5. Jun Matsushita (iilab)
  6. Charlotte Johnson (University College London)

Topic Areas

• Food, energy, water, and nutrient material flows and footprints , • Infrastructure systems, the built environment, and smart and connected infrastructure , • Sustainable urban systems


MS-1 » Sustainable and Resilient Communities 1 (10:00 - Monday, 26th June, Room D)

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