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Laurie Wright

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

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering


Dr Laurie Wright joined Solent University in September 2013 - he is a senior lecturer and oversees the School research strategy as Strategic Lead for Research. Previously, he was a teaching fellow in carbon management at the University of Southampton. He is co-chair of the American Center for Life Assessment (ACLCA) Education Committee, and a member of the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation (FSLCI).

Laurie's expertise concerns the sustainability of industry environment interactions by understanding flows of materials and energy, and their resulting impacts. He is particularly interested in investigating and reducing environmental impacts from the maritime industry and in the marine environment. He has a track record of appointments to service on external bodies, on the scientific and organisational committees of several international conferences, and as a scientific adviser to a number of national and international working groups.

Taught courses

Further information

Teaching experience

Laurie contributes to a number of courses with a particular focus on sustainable management and leadership, resource management, and life cycle thinking.

Research interests

Laurie's research focuses on the sustainability of industry environment interactions, particularly in marine and maritime.

Current and recent projects address practical issues, such as:

  • Energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions management in the maritime sector.
  • The impacts of future fuels on the sustainability of the maritime sector.
  • Improving sustainable management of resources, business performance, and the environmental impact of craft brewing, coffee production, and other small- and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Modelling and the management of greenhouse gas emission from cities.

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

Recent publications

Work in progress

Laurie is current working on the Port Energy and Carbon Savings (PECS) and Implementation of Ship Hybridisation (ISHY) research projects.

Ports Energy and Carbon Savings (PECS)

The PECS project is an international cooperative project, funded by the Interreg 2 Seas Program, involving knowledge institutions, port authorities, industry and public authorities. The project is developing and testing tools and technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of SME ports and marinas through energy savings.

Implementation of Ship Hybridisation (ISHY)

The ISHY project is an international collaboration funded by the Interreg 2 Seas Program that has been awarded almost €16 million to look at the options for green technology in the maritime industry. The project aims to test and validate a number of technical tools and business models for the implementation of hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell technologies in ships and ports.


2016 - American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) Academic Leadership in LCA Award

2014 - C40 Cities Climate Leadership Award for Carbon Measurement and Planning, Member of Steering Group that developed BSI PAS 2070