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Dr Andrew Ross Wilson is a Research Associate from the Advanced Space Concepts Lab at the University of Strathclyde. His research mainly relates to life cycle assessment, carbon accounting, cost analysis and energy systems, with a particular focus on the space sector. However, Andrew’s technical background is in environmental management, and his work is extremely interdisciplinary.

In this regard, Andrew’s services are often consulted by external parties with regards to the assessment, mitigation and communication of sustainability issues. This can often vary from being very specific and technical-facing, to being broad and societal-facing, and the range of risks, impacts and decision-making processes in-between. Ultimately, his work aims to inform how society can transition towards a future that is truly sustainable, as envisaged through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Andrew’s primary research focus is currently on the integration of life cycle assessment into the concurrent design process of space missions, and particularly space-based solar power. He has been involved in every space mission design session conducted at the university where he acted as systems engineer, team leader and ecodesign expert.

Due to the accomplishments of his work, Andrew was awarded the 2018 Young Scot Environment Award and was named one of Junior Chamber International’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Scotland for his contribution to science and technology in 2019.

As well as his research and consultancy, Andrew teaches on a variety of Undergraduate and Master's courses across both the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University, and supervises undergraduate project groups within the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Carbon Accounting
  • Climate Change
  • Concurrent Design
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Cost Analysis
  • Energy Systems
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • General Circulation Modelling
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Life Cycle Assessment and ecodesign
  • Net-Zero and Climate Neutrality
  • Sustainability and the SDGs
  • Systems Engineering

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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