Camille Maeseele (march 2019 – present)

Camille MAESEELE is engineer in energy and environmental engineering, graduated from INSA Lyon (2015). In her final year, she specialized in environmental technologies and industrial and territorial ecology.

After a first experience in the water sector in Chile, she worked for nearly three years with local authorities (in the Centre-Val de Loire region and then in Montpellier) in the energy management sector applied to buildings.

Since March 2019, she has joined the ELSA team to study the environmental impact of wastewater reuse in the agri-food industries (MINIMEAU ANR project).

Jean Hercher-Pasteur (2017 – 2020)

Jean Hercher-Pasteur is an engineer in International Agro-Development, ISTOM (2008). He began his professional life in the sector of renewable energies and energy efficiency. In 2012, he moved to Uruguay and continued in the line of renewable energies and energy efficiency. In 2016 he decides to return to the agronomic world and begins to develop the energy efficiency for the agricultural sector in Uruguay with energy engineering firm. In 2017, he receive a scholarship form ANII (Agencia Nacional de Investigacion and Innovación del Uruguay) after writing his thesis subject: “Defining an approach of agricultural productivity in terms of energy flow”. Since October 2017, he is part of the ELSA team to develop his research.

Gustave Coste (June 2017 – January 2021)

Gustave Coste is an agricultural engineer from Montpellier Supagro (AgroTIC specialization) graduated in 2013.

Specialized in IT and GIS for environment and agriculture, he worked as data manager and project animator at the “Groupe Chiroptères Languedoc-Roussillon” in 2014 and as information system manager in the French Southern and Antarctic Territories from 2015 to 2016.

He joined ELSA in June 2017 as research engineer at LBE (INRA) to work on LCA data traceability and exchange within ELSA team, and more globally to help the team with his IT expertise.

Ralph K. Rosenbaum (2014 – 2018)

Passionate about quantitative environmental sustainability assessment including Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) since 1997, Ralph Rosenbaum is an expert in environmental modelling, as well as development of LCA methodology and teaching related to sustainability and environmental assessment. He is co-author of the consensus model for the evaluation of comparative toxicity USEtox and the LCIA methods IMPACT 2002+ and Impact World+. He is subject editor of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment on the theme of impacts of chemicals on human health as well as vice-president and founding member of the International Life Cycle Academy based in Barcelona.

Born in Germany, Ralph Rosenbaum finished his Environmental Engineering degree (Diplomingenieur) at the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 2003. From 2003 to 2006 he pursued his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Multimedia and Food Chain Modelling of Toxics for Comparative Risk and Life Cycle Impact Assessment” at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. After a few months of consultancy work for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) he joined the team of CIRAIG at the École Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada, in early 2007 as researcher and lecturer. In 2010 he was appointed Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Copenhagen. In 2014, Ralph Rosenbaum joined the team of ELSA as Director of the Industrial Chair for Environmental and Social Sustainability Assessment “ELSA-PACT”.

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Keywords: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), environmental modelling, LCA methodology development, uncertainty quantification and management, teaching, USEtox, IMPACT 2002+, Impact World+

Susana Leão (2015-2018)

Susana Leão holds a Master in Ecological Agriculture from the University of Barcelona, Spain, and a Bachelor´s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Since January 2015, she is joining the Industrial Chair for Environmental and Social Sustainability Assessment ELSA-PACT, as a PhD student (IRSTEA and EMA). The topic of her thesis is focused on Water footprint & Life Cycle Assessment – Development of a methodological framework for the regionalized consideration of different water sources in LCA.

Previously, she has worked as a researcher (2009-2014) in the UNESCO Chair of Life Cycle and Climate Change (Barcelona) developing national and international Life Cycle Assessment projects in different areas, especially on municipal waste management and sustainable construction. She was part of the team of some important projects such as: FENIX LIFE+ or SOFIAS (INNPACTO Program).

Also, she has worked in an environmental consultancy in Reus (Spain), where her main functions were to develop Urban Studies and Environmental Planning and information campaigns on environmental awareness and education on selective waste collection.

Her final Master thesis was focused on the analysis of the uncertainty associated with Life Cycle Inventories of ecological crops of Catalonia, using field data and databases (Ecoinvent) and its repercussion in the impact analysis.

Mattia Damiani (2015 – 2018)

Mattia Damiani has been awarded a master’s degree in natural sciences (Natural Systems Evolution and Diversity) at the University of Turin, Italy, and a specialization master in environmental engineering (Environmental Assessment and Planning Techniques) at the Polytechnic University of Turin.

He has been working as an environmental consultant and life cycle analyst since 2012, being involved in many projects held by European Commission’s authorities, Italian public bodies and multinational corporations.
His work has been devoted mainly to the sustainable use of natural resources, industrial ecology, Life Cycle Assessment and environmental communication.

He joined the ELSA-PACT team as an IRSTEA PhD student and his research activities aim to assess the impacts of consumption and water degradation on biodiversity.

Charlotte Pradinaud (2015 – 2022)

Charlotte Pradinaud is an agricultural engineer from Montpellier SupAgro (2013) specialized in the management of water, cultivated areas and environment.

She joined for the first time the ELSA team in 2013 for her end-of-studies internship which objective was to achieve the LCA study of a biofuel produced from macroalgae (IDEALG project). After a year abroad, she rejoined the team as a PhD student at IRSTEA, as part of the industrial Chair ELSA -PACT.

Her thesis is generally related to the Water Footprint & LCA methods, and more specifically to the development of an indicator for the impact on water quality.

Frédéric Maillard (jan. 2015 – jan. 2017)

Frédéric Maillard is an engineer in Agricultural Techniques from ENESAD (Dijon, 1994).

From 1995 to 1997, he was in charge of logistic, experimentation, monitoring and advising in integrated pest management for FREDEC and farmers.

From 1997 to 2004, he worked in CTIFL of Balandran (30), as quality manager, controller in the fruit tree certification service and national coordinator in implementation of a healthy raspberry plants supply chain.

After a professional coaching training and a graduate master in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, he became an independent consultant and trainer in Nîmes from 2005 to 2014, helping very small company managers (decision support, economic development) and supervising practice analysis teams.

Since January 2015, he joined the ELSA – Social Team, as a research engineer in the UMR-ITAP of Irstea, within the ANR project DESIRABLE (Designing the Insect bioRefinery to contribute to a more sustainABLE agro-food-industry), evaluating and selecting best industry scenarios and contributing to Social Life Cycle Assessment.

Antoine Esnouf (2015 – 2022)

Antoine Esnouf is an agronomist from Montpellier SupAgro (2014), specialized in green chemistry and bio-process for a sustainable development. After an internship at Irstea in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) applied to a territorial biogas plant, he joined the Elsa research group in January 2015 as a PhD Student of the Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology (INRA LBE). Being part of the Green AlgOhol project, his work deals with the environmental analysis of a production system of agro-fuel from seaweed. One of the main objective of this thesis is the development of a methodology for analyzing the correlations between the variability of Life Cycle Inventory results and LCA results.

Doris Brockmann (2013-2015)

Doris Brockmann graduated as a civil and environmental engineer (2001) from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, and holds a PhD in environmental engineering (2006) from the Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany. After a post-doctoral stay (2006-2009) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, she joined the INRA-LBE at Narbonne in 2009 as a post-doc. During her PhD and in her post-doctoral research, she focused on mathematical modeling of biological wastewater treatment processes in biofilms and anaerobic digestion of diverse substrates. In January 2013, Doris joined the ELSA team to work on life cycle assessment of phosphorus recovery from pig slurry and dairy wastewater (project Phosph’OR), and the environmental assessment of seaweed expoitation and aquaculture (project Idéalg).

Topics: Life Cycle Assessment, wastewater treatment, phosphorus recycling, seaweed, macroalgae, biofuels

Montse Núñez

Montse Núñez is research engineer with a background in the environmental assessment of processes and products (year 2004) and Ph.D. in environmental sciences (year 2011) from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain).

The thesis focused on the development of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool to incorporate environmental impacts derived from the use of water and land, two resources that until that moment were hardly ever included in conventional LCA, although are essential for evaluating environmental performance of human intensive resource activities (e.g., agriculture). She has participated in LCA research projects such as the LC-IMPACT project (, the Ecotech-Sudoe project ( and the On Cultivos project (

Currently researcher of the Industrial Chair ELSA-PACT – Environmental Life cycle and Sustainability Assessment: a PAthway to Competitiveness through social & ecological Transition at Irstea, in Montpellier. The position deals with the improvement of water footprint metrics in LCA as well as the participation in thesis co-supervision.

Latest contributions to scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals:

Núñez M, Pfister S, Vargas M, Antón A. Spatial and temporal specific characterisation factors for water use impact assessment in Spain. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, in press

Antón A, Torrellas M, Núñez M, Sevigné Itoiz E, Amores MJ, Muñoz P, Montero JI. (2014) Improvement of Agricultural LCA studies through spatial differentiation and new impact categories: Case Study on Greenhouse Tomato Production. Environmental Science and Technology, 48 (16): 9454-9462

Risch E, Loubet P, Núñez M, Roux P. (2014) How environmentally significant is water consumption during wastewater treatment plant?: Application of recent developments in LCA to WWT technologies used at 3 contrasted geographical locations. Water Research, 57: 20-30

Loubet P, Roux P, Núñez M, Belaud G, Bellon-Maurel V. (2013) Assessing water deprivation at the sub-river basin scale in LCA integrating downstream cascade effects. Environmental Science and Technology, 47: 14242-14249

Núñez M, Pfister S, Roux P, Antón A. (2013) Estimating water consumption of potential natural vegetation on global dry lands: building an LCA framework for green water flows. Environmental Science and Technology, 47 (21): 12258-12265

Civit B, Arena AP, Núñez M, Muñoz P, Antón A,  Rieradevall J. (2013) Assessing potential desertification environmental impact in life cycle assessment. Part 2: agricultural case study in Spain and Argentina. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 18 (7): 1302-1315

Núñez M, Antón A, Muñoz P, Rieradevall J. (2013) Inclusion of soil erosion impacts in life cycle assessment on a global scale: application to energy crops in Spain. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 18 (4): 755-767

Hospido A, Núñez M, Antón A. (2013) Irrigation mix: how to include water sources when assessing freshwater consumption impacts associated to crops. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 18 (4): 881-890

Kounina A, Margni M, Bayart, J-B, Boulay A-M, Berger M, Bulle C, Frischknecht R, Köhler A, Milà i Canals L, Motoshita M, Núñez M, Peters G, Pfister S, Ridoutt B, van Zelm R, Verones F, Humbert S. (2013) Review of methods addressing freshwater availability in life cycle inventory and impact assessment. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 18 (3): 707-721

Núñez M, Pfister S, Antón A, Muñoz P, Hellweg S, Koehler A, Rieradevall J (2013) Assessing the environmental impacts of water consumption by energy crops grown in Spain. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 17 (1): 90-102

Philippe Roux

Philippe Roux, born in 1960, is a mechanical engineer and has a postgraduate degree in engineering processes. Research engineer in Irstea ITAP unit he is a designer, former head of Mechatronics laboratory in Cemagref Montpellier. During the last years, he has focused its activities on life cycle assessment and eco-design. He has a great experience on R&D involving industry and therefore he is the technological and eco-design specialist of the ELSA team. He participates in the scientific leadership of the European network PEER (Partnership for European Environmental Research) for everything that concerns eco-technologies). Historically involved in applications such as forestry, biomass-bioenergy and phytosanitary treatments, it invests gradually issues related to water usages, wastewater management and territories approaches.

Topics: Life cycle assessment, environmental technologies, eco-design, wastewater management, bioenergy.

Ludivine Pradeleix

Ludivine Pradeleix is an agronomist, specialised in agronomy and innovation from Supagro – University Institute for tropical rural development in Montpellier (Master’s degree, 2002),

She is doing a PhD on the environmental impacts of irrigated systems in tropical contexts. She is working in the G-EAU research unit in Irstea, Montpellier.

Developed in tropical contexts, her research focus on the environmental impacts caused by the qualitative and quantitative aspects of water uses in irrigated systems.

Topics: Life cycle assessment, irrigated systems, irrigation water.


Philippe Loubet (2011-2014)

Philippe Loubet is a process and environmental engineer graduated from National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) of Toulouse (master’s degree, 2010). He started a PhD thesis in October 2011, in collaboration with Veolia Eau d’Île-de-France and UMR ITAP (Information and technologies for agroprocesses) of Irstea.

He is working on the environmental evaluation of water uses at the scale of an urban territory within the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) framework. His study case is the greater Paris area.

Topics: Life Cycle Assessment, water footprint, water use, urban territories, megalopolis

Pyrène Larrey-Lassalle (2009-2017)

Pyrène Larrey-Lassalle is engineer in environmental processes, particularly eco-processes, from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) of Toulouse. After working in a private consulting agency in eco-design and LCA (Life Cycle Assessment), she joined the ELSA team in October 2009. At that time she is in charge of managing and carrying out two industrial and institutional research projects in LCA: ANR COPOTERM (Innovative process for metal recovery in industrial wastewater) and ANR DEMETHER (Valorization of agricultural by-products for the production of a new insulation material). She is also involved in training for professionals and students, and conducts LCA studies and critical reviews (expertise) for private firms and/or consulting companies.

From March 2014, she begins a thesis (funded by the Industrial Research Chair ELSA-PACT) about the “Harmonization of environmental assessment methods: Convergence of “product-oriented” (LCA) and “site-oriented” approaches used in impact assessment studies – Application to examples in water management”.

Topics:  Environmental Assessment, Life cycle assessment, Site-oriented approach, Agro-bio-processes, Water management

Pierre Collet (2009 – 2012)

Pierre Collet is graduated from the Montpellier National School of Agronomy, and specialised in water, cultivated lands and environment management. He follows a PhD thesis since february 2009 in in the Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology on the environmental assessment of production of biogas from microalgae, within the ANR project “Symbiose”. One of the main objective of this PhD is the integration of temporal dynamics in LCA.

Topics: Life cycle assessment, microalgae, anaerobic digestion, dynamical modelling

Juliette Cerceau (2010-2013)

Coming from social sciences and graduated in environmental management (INSA de Lyon), Juliette Cerceau, 27 years old, started a PhD thesis at the Ecole des Mines d’Alès (EMA).
As a consultant in sustainable development within Auxilia (a French consulting agency), she participated actively to action-research projects dealing with industrial ecology (COMETHE, CONFLUENT, DEPART).
Since September 2010, she chose to take part in the improvement of both theory and methods in industrial ecology by fulfilling a thesis project on water metabolism in harbors. Her social sciences’ background allows her to study industrial ecology through the prism of game theory and change management.

Topics: industrial ecology, water, social sciences, social network analysis, multicriteria analysis

Véronique Bellon-Maurel (2008 – Présent)

V. Bellon Maurel is agricultural engineer (1986), engineer in chief at « Ponts, Eaux et des Forêts », doctor and research supervisor in process engineering (INP Toulouse).

Since 2004, V. Bellon Maurel is professor at Montpellier SupAgro and carries out researches at UMR ITAP Laboratory (Information and Technologies for Agroprocesses).

V. Bellon Maurel is specialized in measurement and sensors and more especially in Near Infrared Spectrometry for assessing the composition of products (food, agricultural commodities and soil …). Since 2007, V. Bellon Maurel is the head of the Regioal Platform Ecotech-LR and has actively contributed to the set-up of the ELSA research pole. She coordinates the European Project Ecotool (IRSES 23 08 51) on tools for sustainibility assessment in agriculture and forestry and is national coordinator for Interreg project Ecotech-Sudoe (International Network on Life Cycle Analysis and Industrial Ecology). Since a sabbatical leave at Water Research Centre of UNSW, Sydney (2009-2010), she initiates researches in LCA on vineyard. She is presently supervising 2 PhD thesis related to LCA and water (E Loiseau, et L Pradeleix).

Topics: Life cycle assessment, ICT, Vineyard, Water, Irrigation


Claudine Basset-Mens

Claudine Basset-Mens is an agronomist from Supagro, Montpellier (Master degree, 1997) and doctor in environmental sciences (PhD degree, 2005) from Agro-Campus Ouest school in Rennes, France.

With a 15 years experience at the interface between agriculture and environment, she conducted most of her research on the assessment of environmental impacts for food and farming systems in a wide range of situations (France, New-Zealand, French overseas departments, Morocco, Tunisia, West Africa…) and production systems (animal and crop production systems, horticultural systems). She is currently working in the Hortsys unit in CIRAD on the development and adaptation of the Life Cycle Assessment methodology (LCA) for horticultural production systems in the Tropics, including perennial fruit production systems and short-cycle vegetables production systems. Her main research focus covers: inclusion of variability, environmental fluxes modelling, uncertainty, modelling of perennial cycle within LCA and harmonization of methods and results comparability.

Topics: Life cycle assessment, fruits, perennial crops, short-cycle vegetables, tropics, fluxes, environment, variability, uncertainty, modelling.