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Shabbir Gheewala

Shabbir Gheewala

Adjunct Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Professor and Head - Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment Lab
Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment (JGSEE), King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Bangkok, Thailand

Distinguished Adjunct Professor
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

Shabbir H. Gheewala is a professor at the Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment (JGSEE), Thailand where he teaches Life Cycle Assessment and heads the Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment Lab for almost 15 years. He also holds an adjunct professorship at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA, and a Distinguished Adjunct Professor position at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. His research focuses on sustainability assessment of energy systems; sustainability indicators; and certification issues in biofuels and agro-industry. He is a national expert on life cycle inventory as well as product carbon footprinting in Thailand and a steering committee member of the Life Cycle Impact Assessment flagship of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. Shabbir mentors the research network on LCA and policy for food, fuel and climate change in Thailand.

He is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Energy for Sustainable Development and the Journal of Sustainable Energy and Environment.

Representative Courses

ENVR 296 Special Topics in Life Cycle Assessment

Teaching Interests

Professor Shabbir Gheewala directs the research of UNC Study Abroad undergraduate students at KMUTT and teaches a highly respected class in Life Cycle Assessment. For more than a decade, he has contributed enormously to the undergraduate experience that ESE/UNC students have at the Thai field site at KMUTT. He works with ESE Professor Rich Kamens, Director of the study abroad program and Capstone.

Thailand Program Brochure:

For more information/to apply: Study Abroad in Thailand

Research Activities

•    Life cycle sustainability assessment of energy systems
•    Carbon/water footprint
•    Sustainability indicators
•    Certification issues in biofuels and agro-industry


D.Eng., Environmental Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 2001

M. Eng., Environmental Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 1995

B.Eng., Civil Engineering, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India, 1992

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