LCAworks People

Through this in-house capability and ready access to a wide range of linked expertise from within Imperial College and other UK universities, LCAworks aims to help clients in government, industry, charities, foundations and other organizations to address their growing needs in sustainability
and environmental impact assessment.

The LCAworks team:

Dr Richard Murphy:

is a co-founding Director of LCAworks and a Professor of Life Cycle Assessment and Head of Department at University of Surrey. Richard is also a Distinguished Research Fellow at Imperial College. He has an BSc in Botany w/ Zoology from King's College London (1978) and a PhD in Plant Sciences from Imperial College London (1982). He has worked in fungal biology, renewable materials and energy research in the UK, New Zealand and The Netherlands. His research interests include fungal decay of wood and other ligno-cellulosic materials, anti-fungal treatments, plant-based bio-materials and bio-energy (biofuels and power) using lab-based experimentation, LCA and LCSA and Techno-Economic assessment to evaluate their sustainability in comparison with ‘conventional’ materials and energy systems. His research has received funding from BBSRC, EPSRC, NERC, UK government, the European Commission and industry and he enjoys extensive international collaborations. He has used LCA since 1992 in materials-focused projects ranging from preservative treated wood products, coppice forestry systems, coating systems for wood, bamboo construction, agro-fibre products and bio-based and biodegradable plastics. In recent years he has complemented this with research on biofuels and bioenergy and the prospective future contributions of bioenergy and bio-based materials to the bio-economy and sustainable development. He has authored/co-authored over 140 publications and conference papers and has co-founded three spin-out companies (Mycologix Ltd, LCAworks Ltd and Chrysalix Technologies Ltd). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Mining & Minerals (IOM3) and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), a past President of the Institute of Wood Science (IWSc) and a past Section Chairman of the International Research Group on Wood Preservation. He has undertaken consultancy work with The Coca-Cola Company, Braskem SA, Deloitte, and BT amongst others. Richard has advises the UK Climate Change Committee on LCA and bioenergy, was appointed to DEFRA’s Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (2013 -) and presented evidence to the House of Lords Science & Technology Select Committee’s enquiry into Waste Opportunities (November 2013). .

Dr Jeremy Woods:

is a co-founding Director of LCAworks. He is a Reader in Sustainable Development at Imperial College London working on the interplay between development, land-use and the sustainable use of natural resources. In the lead-up to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, he coordinated the land/food/bioenergy and climate science components of the Global Calculator ( and led the development of the Financial Times COP21 Climate Calculator ( This work continues to be highly influential and in 2016 we started to develop a European Calculator for the European Commission aimed at supporting the European transition to a low carbon economy. As a member of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment’s (SCOPE) Scientific Advisory Committee on its ‘Bioenergy: bridging the gaps’ project he was lead author of the ‘land and bioenergy’ chapter and co-author on a cross-cutting issues chapter on ‘Food Security’. The globalisation of food commodity markets is a major emerging concern for food security. The Belmont ‘Food Security and Land Use: The Telecoupling Challenge’ project is identifying the emerging critical risks and opportunities to food security from global trade. He has also participated in two Royal Society working groups and is a panel member of its Leverhulme and DfID Africa Research Capacity Building programmes. He is a trustee of the Environmental Law Foundation ( and was Chair of a voluntary community-based carbon offsetting charity, Plan Vivo ( His research focuses on accessing the development opportunities that arise from technological and knowledge advances in the bioeconomy including African development and food security linkages with bioenergy/biorenewables production. He lectures on Sustainable Energy Futures and Environmental Technologies in Imperial College London.

Sarah Woods:

is Managing Director of LCAworks. Sarah graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2003 with a Masters in Computer Related Design before working for industry research groups in Silicon Valley and London. Back in London Sarah was head of NCR’s design-orientated User Experience team, a multi-disciplinary research group whose work was funded by a consortium of multi-national banks and retailers aiming to exploit the potential of e-commerce and future technologies. Whilst there Sarah’s work explored the convergence of everyday objects, networks, and information appliances which led to the filing of many high-profile future technology patents. Sarah has also worked as a Senior Lecturer teaching across MA computer Arts and BA Digital Interactive media courses as well as working on interaction design projects to aid the communication of information with universities such as Surrey University and Imperial College.

Nicole Kalas:

is a Climate-KIC Doctoral Researcher at Imperial College London.  She has extensive experience in environmental consulting, most recently whilst working at Stratus Consulting, an environmental consultancy providing innovation and excellence in environmental research and consulting, combined with a commitment to client service.

Grahame Buss:

is a Director of LCAworks having joined from Shell where he was principal scientist. He worked for Shell for 30 years joining with a PhD in fluid mechanics from the University of Manchester. The first half of his career was in the conventional oil business with particularly interesting spells in fuel development groups and the major hazards fire and explosion group. After this period he managed Shell’s Gamechanger team (looking for new businesses for Shell). While here he funded and developed biofuel ideas that lead to the formation of a new biomass R&D department and a new biofuel business. He is now on secondment to the Shell Alternative Energies business, which includes biofuels. Grahame’s initial interests were algal routes to hydrocarbon fuels and sugar routes to fully fungible hydrocarbon fuels. The algae business was eventually sold but the work continues. The sugar to hydrocarbons work was rapidly successful with simple sugars, and has now moved to the conversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks. Grahame and his team work to provide the business with proven biomass supply for key opportunities and to define the limits of sustainable biomass – particularly as it relates to policy and regulation in the US and Europe.

Piers Cooper:

is an LCAworks research analyst who completed his MSc in Environmental technology from Imperial College's Centre for Environmental Policy in 2018.

Onesmus Mwabonje:

is a Senior Analyst at LCAworks and Research Fellow at Imperial College London’s Centre for Environmental Policy, previously working at North Energy Associates Ltd. Whilst working for North Energy, he gained experience as a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) practitioner in assessment of various feedstock for biomass and biofuels energy technology options. His work with North Energy also included conducting feasibility studies for renewable energy installations, in particular, wind turbines for various clients in the UK. Onesmus also has substantial international experience, managing projects for clients in the USA, Kenya and South America. He obtained his PhD in water and environmental health engineering from the University of Surrey, where his thesis focused on sustainable systems of wastewater treatment. Onesmus has a BSc in Chemistry from Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya and an MSc in Environmental Strategy from University of Surrey. Onesmus has been an associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) since 2004.

Obinna Anejionu:

is an LCAworks research associate and an Imperial College London Research Assistant who is an expert on Geoinformatics, Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing. He was awarded his PhD from Lancaster University in 2014 and since then has been working on bioeconomy mediated land use change and its impacts on climate change at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. More recently he has also joined LCAworks to work on advanced geoinformatics and sustainable development.

Lorenzo Di Lucia:

is Associate Researcher in Bioenergy at ICEPT. Lorenzo holds an MSc in Sustainability Science and a PhD in Environmental and Energy System Studies from Lund University, Sweden. His research focusses on environmental and socio-economic assessment of bioenergy technologies. He is interested in the analysis of stakeholders’ role and engagement in the decision making process of bioenergy projects. Lorenzo has contributed to the development and testing of the ILAMS tools and approach on the case of Biochemtex in Sardinia, Italy. He has experience working in a multidisciplinary environment and has carried out field work in the EU, Brazil, Mozambique and China.