Sara Russo Garrido has a background in Political Science and Sociology (B.A.) from Laval University and two master’s degrees, one in International Development (M.Phil.) and another in Environmental Policy (M.Sc.) from Oxford University, where she studied on a Rhodes scholarship.
In June 2013, Sara Russo Garrido joined the CIRAIG and the International Chair in Life Cycle Analysis. From 2013 to 2019 she was Coordinator of research and planning for social analysis and since January 2019 she has a dual role within the organization – Deputy Director and Coordinator for Social Analysis. She has authored, led, and managed social life cycle assessment (SLCA) studies and analyses related to the inclusion of social aspects in sustainability strategies and corporate social responsibility (CSR), both for the private and public sector. She is a published author in SLCA, is a regular reviewer for the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, and is Co-Chair of the SLC Alliance initiative to review the UNEP-SETAC Guidelines for SLCA.
Prior to joining the CIRAIG, she worked in the field of CSR and workers’ working conditions, first in Canada, as a policy analyst at the federal government and then as a senior researcher and advisor in trade unions in the United States (SEIU, UNITE HERE), where she led research projects focusing on working conditions in the clothing, hotel, and food service sectors in Asia (India, Indonesia and Bangladesh).