Application of a decision tree for choosing appropriate methods to manage uncertainty in industrial Eco-design

Jacquetta Lee

University of Surrey

Dr Lee has a MEng in Mechanical Engineering and Materials and holds a PhD in Environmental Systems Analysis from Cranfield University. Prior to joining the CES at the University of Surrey, she worked for Rolls-Royce plc in their Environmental Strategy Department, specialising in Life Cycle Assessment and Design for Environment. On joining academia in 2003, she spent two years as a Leverhulme Special Research Fellow, investigating the potential for television to influence environmental behaviour of consumers. Dr Lee has a holistic approach to sustainability systems analysis, incorporating environmental and social aspects from both academic and industrial perspectives. She has over 25 years of experience across a diverse range of industrial sectors including aerospace, electronics, construction,  agriculture , fast moving consumer goods market, automotive, nano-technology, architecture, and nuclear energy.   Her current areas of research interest include the operationalisation of Absolute Sustainability through: Business appropriate mid-point indicators for Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis, The development of Stock and Flow (Performance Economy) diagrams for decision making in business Social life cycle assessment approaches She is leading research into reducing uncertainty in early design decision making within aeropsace, and improving resource efficiency in the electronics industry. As Director of the Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability Programme and Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Surrey, Dr Lee is responsible for engaging major industry leaders and high calibre postgraduate researchers to work collaboratively on specific research briefs designed to resolve current sustainability issues within industry.  This innovative programme offers a unparalleled opportunity, uniting academia and industry to develop solutions that will have enduring value for individual organisations,  industry and governance. She also currently holds the post of Executive Secretary for the ISIE.


Uncertainty is an unavoidable issue in most data-based studies (e.g., life cycle assessment, risk assessment), since they all require amounts of data of good quality or well-known modelling mechanism. As decisions making are... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Xiaobo CHEN (University of Surrey)
  2. Jacquetta Lee (University of Surrey)

Topic Area

• Decision support methods and tools


MS-11 » Special Session: "Beyond quantification and propagation of uncertainty in comparative Life Cycle Assessments: what does it all mean in the end?" (11:45 - Monday, 26th June, Room H)



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