Sara Russo Garrido

Executive Director, Associate professor

Sara Russo-Garrido

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.

Sara Russo Garrido first joined the CIRAIG in 2013, as Coordinator of research for social analysis. Since 2022, she is Executive Director of the CIRAIG, as well as Adjunct Professor at the Institut des sciences de l’environnement of UQAM since 2021. 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 current editor for the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, a Co-Chair of the SLC Alliance initiative, and is an active member of the working group involved in the development of the first ISO standard for S-LCA (ISO 14075). Sara also co-supervises graduate students from UQAM, Polytechnique Montreal and other universities abroad.

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).

Sara Russo Garrido's Publications

Anne-Marie Boulay, Katrin Drastig, Amanullah, Ashok Chapagain, Veronica Charlon, Bárbara Civit, Camillo DeCamillis, Marlos De Souza, Tim Hess, Arjen Y. Hoekstra, Ridha Ibidhi, Michael J. Lathuillière, Alessandro Manzardo, Tim McAllister, Ricardo A. Morales, Masaharu Motoshita, Julio Cesar Pascale Palhares, Giacomo Pirlo, Brad Ridoutt, Valentina Russo, Gloria Salmoral, Ranvir Singh, Davy Vanham, Stephen Wiedemann, Weichao Zheng, Stephan Pfister (2021) Building consensus on water use assessment of livestock production systems and supply chains: Outcome and recommendations from the FAO LEAP Partnership, Ecological Indicators 124, p. 107391, url, doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.107391

Alejandro Padilla-Rivera, Sara Russo Garrido, Nicolas Merveille (2020) Addressing the Social Aspects of a Circular Economy: A Systematic Literature Review, Sustainability 12(19), p. 7912, url, doi:10.3390/su12197912

Alejandro Padilla-Rivera, Nicolas Merveille, Sara Russo Garrido, Manuele Margni (2019) A proposal to include social aspects in cyclical approaches: towards sustainability in circular economy., Life Cycle Management Conference

Sara Russo Garrido, Julie Parent, Luce Beaulieu, Jean-Pierre Revéret (2018) A literature review of type I SLCA—making the logic underlying methodological choices explicit, The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 23(3), p. 432-444, url, doi:10.1007/s11367-016-1067-z

Solène Sureau, Bernard Mazjin, Sara Russo Garrido, Wouter Achten (2018) Social life-cycle assessment frameworks: a review of criteria and indicators proposed to assess social and socioeconomic impacts, The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 23(4), p. 904-920, doi:

Sara Russo Garrido (2017) Social Life-Cycle Assessment: An introduction, Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies 1, Martin Abraham (ed.), p. 253-265, Elsevier

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