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Dr. David Styles Profile

Dave is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering at UL, and a member of the Bernal Institute. Since 2004 he has specialised in life cycle assessment (LCA) and techno-economic analysis of food, bioproduct, energy and waste management systems at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland’s EPA, the European Commission’s JRC, Bangor University and NUI Galway. His research group applies advanced LCA to investigate the sustainability of novel value chains, with a particular emphasis on understanding inter-system effects. Dave is PI/Co-I on 11 research projects, and has collaboratively won over €20 million of funding as PI or Co-I across 25 projects. He leads the EPA/DAFM-funded SeQUEsTER project, identifying pathways towards climate neutrality in Ireland’s agriculture & land use sector, and is a member of the International Energy Agency Task 45 concerning the sustainability of bioenergy.

Research themes
Sustainable food systems (sustainable intensification, advanced hydroponics, diet change, land use transitions for climate neutrality)
Wood value chains (consequential LCA of forestry & cascading wood uses)
Energy systems (consequential LCA of biomethane & wood value chains, environmental footprints of renewable energy technologies)
Waste management (consequential LCA of (bio)plastic recycling, anaerobic digestion & circular economy techniques) 
Inter-system effects (identification of environmental co-benefits, trade-offs & opportunity costs across bio-based systems)

Dave coordinates and delivers two MSc modules – Engineering for net Zero Carbon (ME6201) and Engineering a Circular economy (ME6212) – and one BE module – Introduction to Geology & Soil Mechanics (WT4014).

Additional links
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PGCertHE Bangor University
PhD Trinity College Dublin
BSc Environmental Science (1st Class Honours) University of East Anglia


David Styles