Roland Geyer

Roland Geyer

Assistant Professor
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
805-893-7234
geyer [at] bren [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

Institute Role
Member of Computing Solutions Group and Economics & Policy Solutions Group

Role in Affiliated Centers
Member of the Greenscale Center for Energy-Efficient Computing 

Research
Roland Geyer is interested in the life cycle of manufactured goods—the processes in the form of energy and material flows that are related to transforming raw materials into products and, ultimately, waste—and in the environmental and economic potential of reuse and recycling activities. He uses the approaches and methods of industrial ecology, such as life-cycle assessment (LCA) and material-flow analysis, to assess energy efficiency and pollution-prevention strategies based on recycling, reuse, and material and technology substitution. Geyer also combines these approaches with research methods from operations management and other fields in order to study the relationship between environmental performance, economic viability, and technical and operational feasibility of energy efficiency and pollution-prevention strategies. His overarching goal is to help develop the science and knowledge necessary to reduce the environmental impact from industrial production and consumption. 

Biography
Roland Geyer is Assistant Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California at Santa Barbara. Prior to this appointment he held positions as research fellow at the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, UK, research associate at the Centre for the Management of Environmental Resources, INSEAD, France, and consultant in financial risk management for AMS (now part of CGI) in Germany. Since 2000 he has worked with a wide range of governmental organizations, trade associations, and companies on environmental sustainability issues. In his research he uses the approaches and methods of industrial ecology, such as life cycle assessment and material flow analysis, to assess pollution prevention strategies based on recycling, reuse, and material and technology substitution. Roland also combines these approaches with research methods from operations management and other fields in order to study the relationship between environmental performance, economic viability, and technical and operational feasibility of pollution prevention strategies. His overarching goal is to help develop the science and knowledge necessary to reduce the environmental impact from industrial production and consumption. Roland has a graduate degree in physics from the Technical University Berlin and a PhD in engineering from the University of Surrey.

For more information on Roland, check out his video and presentation entitled "Do Lightweight Materials Reduce Automotive Greenhouse Gas Emissions?" here.

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