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Laurie  Wright

Dr Laurie Wright BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, FRGS, FHEA


Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering

023 8201 6421 ext. 6421 Room no. RM306


Dr Laurie Wright is a lecturer in environmental science at Solent University and a non-executive director of management support consultancy, Solent Organisational Support Associates Ltd (SOSA). His research and teaching expertise includes: life-cycle assessment; circular economies; industrial ecology; resource efficiency; carbon footprinting; sustainable development, and environmental law.

Laurie obtained a BSc Environmental Sciences, an MSc Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, and a PhD examining life-cycle community GHG emissions from the University of Southampton. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and the Higher Education Association (FHEA). He is a member of the American Center for Life Assessment (ACLCA), and Chair of the society’s Education Committee. He was awarded the ACLCA award for Academic Leadership 2016.

Laurie is the co-founder and non-executive director of a management support consultancy, SOSA Ltd, providing a portfolio of management support and training services. He has a track record of working with business partners ranging from SMEs to international organisations, across a variety of sectors. 

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Further information

  1. Teaching experience

    Laurie leads and contributes to a number of courses with a particular focus on sustainable development, resource management, waste, environmental law, and lifecycle assessment.
  2. Research interests

    Laurie's work at Solent focuses on resource efficiency, waste, and sustainable development issues. Click the link below to find out more.

    Current and recent projects address practical issues, such as: 

    • Moving from a traditional linear model to circular, closed-loop resource flows in industry. 
    • Improving sustainable management of resources, business performance, and the environmental impact of craft brewing, coffee production, and other small- and medium-sized enterprises.
    • Life cycle assessment of product and services to improve environmental management and performance.
    • Model and improve the management of greenhouse gas emission from cities.

    Laurie is a regular reviewer for a range of peer-reviewed journals.

  3. Recent publications

    Laurie has contributed to a number of publications in the field of sustainability. Click the link below to find out more.

    For a full list of Laurie's publications, see:

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  4. Work in progress

    Click the link below to find out more about Laurie's current projects.

    Where's it bean?

    Working with coffee retailers, roasters, producers and disposable cup manufacturers, this project uses the coffee supply chain as a case study to investigate the potential environmental and social improvements from waste prevention, closed-loop systems, and direct trade.

    Think Global, Drink Local

    Working with craft brewers, this project is investigating innovative and effective strategies for improvements in brewery sustainability and closed-loop supply chains in the brewing industry.

  5. Awards

    Laurie recently won an award for Academic Leadership in Life Cycle Assessment. Click the link below to find out more.

    Laurie won the award for Academic Leadership in Life Cycle Assessment, at the LCA XVI Awards Dinner on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Charleston, South Carolina.

    He was presented with the award at the American Centre for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) annual conference, LCA XVI, for his contribution and leadership in the field of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and sustainability.

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