Jacquetta Lee

Dr Jacquetta Lee

Reader in Sustainable Systems Analysis, Director of the Practitioner Doctorate Programme in Sustainability
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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 Centre for Environment and Sustainability 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
  • Using internet trends to optimise the circular economy

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 Reader in Sustainable Systems Analysis at the 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 an unparalleled opportunity, uniting academia and industry to develop solutions that will have enduring value for individual organisations, industry and governance.

She is the immediate past Executive Secretary for the International Society for Industrial Ecology.


Life cycle thinking and approaches

Environmental life cycle assessment (eLCA)

Design for Environment/Sustainability

Departmental duties

Director of the Practitioner Doctorate Programme in Sustainability (PDS)

Module Leader Professional Placement

My publications


2018, ‘An on demand chilling system: Activated carbon based desorptive cooling’, Arena N., Alpay E., Kirkby N., Lee J., Clift R.  Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol 176, pp 937-945 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.12.025   

2018 ‘Putting resilient sustainability into strategy decisions – case studies’, Winnard J., Lee., Skipp D. Management Decision, Vol 56, Issue 7, pp 1598-1612 https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-11-2017-1124

2018 ‘Can the SDGs Provide a Basis for Supply Chain Decisions in the Construction Sector?’, Russell E., Lee J., Clift R., Sustainability,  Vol 10, p629, doi:10.3390/su10030629

2017, ‘The challenges of applying planetary boundaries as a basis for strategic decision making in companies with global supply chains’, Clift R., Sim S., Lee J., et al. Sustainability, 9, 279; doi:10.3390/su9020279. 

2017, ‘The Hibernating Mobile Phone: Dead Storage as a Barrier to Efficient Electronic Waste Recovery’, Wilson, G., Smalley, G., Suckling, J., Lilley, D., Lee, J., Mawle R. International Journal of Integrated Waste Management, Science and Technology 60 (2017) 521-533. 

2017, ‘Integrating Environmental and Social life cycle assessment: Asking the right question’, Suckling, J., Lee, J. Journal of Industrial Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12565. 

2017, ‘Life cycle engineering of production, use and recovery of self-chilling beverage cans’, Arena, N., Lee, J., Clift, R., Sinclair, P. Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol 142, Part4, 1562-1570. 

2017, ‘Closing the loop on e-waste: a multi-disciplinary perspective’ Bridgens, B., Hobson, K., Lilley, D., Lee, J., Scott, J.L., Wilson, G. Journal of Industrial Ecology, doi:10.111/jec.12645. 

2016, ‘Appropriate lifetimes, fitting deaths’  Scott, J. L., Lee, J. Green Chemistry, 18, 6157-6159. doi: 10.1039/C6GC90109C. 

2016, 'Life cycle assessment of activated carbon production from coconut shells' Arena, N., Lee, J., Clift, R. Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol 125, pp68-77 doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.03.073

2016, 'A new model for designing cost effective zero carbon homes: minimizing commercial viability issues and improving the economics for both the developer and purchaser'. Khodabuccus, R., Lee, J. Buildings. http://www.mdpi.com/2075-5309/6/1/6/html

2015, ' Uncertainty Communication in the Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs)' Parsons, S., Murphy, R., Lee, J., Sims, G. International Journal of Nanotechnology. Vol 12, No8/9, pp620-630

2015 'Redefining scope: The true environmental impact of smartphones?' Suckling, J., Lee, J. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Vol 20, No 8, pp1181-1196

2015 'Finding Balanced Synergies - Putting Resilient Sustainability into Business and Technical Strategy', Winnard, J., Lee, J., Skipp, D., Adcroft, IAFOR Academic Review Issue 8, ISSN: 2188-9570

2015, 'Single product, multi-lifetime components: Challenges for product-service system development.' Wilson G.T., Bridgens B., Hobson K., Lee J., Lilley D., Scott J.L., Suckling J. PLATE 2015, Nottingham, UK, 17-19th June 2015

2015, ' What is value and how can we capture it from the product value chain?' Lee J., Suckling J., Lilley D., Wilson G.T. EcoDesign2015 International Symposium, Tokyo, Japan 2-4 December 2015

2014, 'Surviving or Flourishing? Integrating business resilience and sustainability' Winnard, J., Adcroft, A., Lee, J., Skipp, D.' Submitted to Journal of Strategy and Management, Vol 7, Issue 3

2014, 'Footprinting Farms, a comparison of three GHG calculators', Keller, E., Mila a Canals, L., King, H., Lee, J., Clift, R. Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management, online. Earthscan

2013, 'Agri-food certification schemes: how do they address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions? Keller, E., Mila a Canals, L., King, H., Lee, J., Clift, R. Greenhouse Gas Measurement & Management, online. Earthscan

2012, 'Recommendations for assessing materials criticality', LLoyd, S., Lee, J., Clifton, A., Elghali, L., France, C. 2012., Proceedings of the Institution of Chemical Engineers: Waste and Resources Management Vol 165,4, pp191-200

2012, 'Ecodesign through environmental risk management : A focus on critical materials' Lloyd, S., Lee J., Clifton, A., Elghali, L., France, C., Design for innovative value towards a sustainable society, Proceedings of Ecodesign 2011: 7th international symposium on environmentally conscious design and inverse manufacturing pp374-379. Eds: Matsumoto, Umeda, Masui, Fukushige. Springer Press

2012, 'Developing an Economic Led Approach to Zero Carbon Housing Design through Integration and Substitution of Traditional Building Materials', Khodabuccus, R., Burningham, K., Lee, J., Dunster, B., In: International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 14-16 December 2012

2011, 'A framework for environmental risk management', Lloyd, S., Lee J., Clifton A., Elghali L., France C., The Aeronautical Journal , Vol 116, No183

2009, 'Design for Environment at Rolls-Royce', Lloyd S, Clifton A, Elghali L, and Lee J.J. Life Cycle Assessment IX (Joint North American Life Cycle Conference), Boston, MA, USA.

2006, 'Greener Manufacturing, Maintenance and Disposal - towards the ACARE targets', Lee J.J The Aeronautical Journal, November 2006, Vol 110

2003, 'The potential offered by aircraft and engine technologies'. Lee J.J Chapter 7, Towards Sustainable Aviation, Eds: Upham,Maughan, Raper, Thomas. Earthscan.

2002, 'Integrating Design for Environment and Extended Product Responsibility',Lee J.J, Environmental Sustainability Conference and Exposition, Land Sea and Air, 8-10 April 2002, Graz, Austria

2000, ' Sustainable Aviation - the way ahead', Lee J.J, Presented at the 22nd ICAS Conference, 28 August to 1 September 2000, Harrogate, UK

1995 'Minimum Energy and Materials Consumption within Flow Systems and Life Cycle Analysis' Lee J.J, Presented at the ASME 1995 Congress Proceedings, 12-17 November 1995, San Francisco, USA

1995 'Critical Review of Life Cycle Analysis and Assessment Techniques and their Application to Commercial Activities', Lee J.J, Callaghan P, Allen D, Resources Recycling and Conservation, 13, 37-56