The Social LC Alliance is lead by a Steering Committee, presented below. If you would like to join the network, please send a mail to If you have other questions or suggestions, please contact us according to the following:

Communications – Elisabeth Ekener

Technical – Sabrina Neugebauer (on maternity leave autumn 2019/spring 2020), Sara Russo Garrido (on maternity leave autumn 2019/spring 2020), Thomas Schaubroeck, Markus Berger

Life Cycle Initiative coordination – Catherine Benoît Norris, Marzia Traverso, Matthias Finkbeiner

Advisory Committee coordination – Sonia Valdivia, Catherine Benoît Norris

SOLCA – Markus Berger, Matthias Finkbeiner

SLCA Steering Committee

Sara Ruso Garrido

Research Coordinator, Social analysis

Sara Russo Garrido is a professional in the field of social life cycle assessment, corporate social responsibility, and labour rights and working conditions. She 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, where she is the Coordinator of research and planning 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 Chair of the Working group on impact assessment methods in 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. At Service Employees International Union (New York City, USA), she coordinated partnerships with trade unions in Latin America, the Maghreb and Europe in the context of major international campaigns on working conditions in the service sector. From 2007 and 2009, she was employed at Unite Here as an International Research Analyst. She worked on the development and implementation of research projects in Asia on labor rights and working conditions in the textile and hotel sector.

SLCA Steering Committee

Catherine Benoît Norris

Adjunct Lecturer
Harvard Extension School

Catherine is a co-founder and steering committee member of the SLC Alliance. She coordinated the process and is a co-editor of the 2009 Social LCA Guidelines and is the editor of the S-LCA methodological sheets. She is also a co-founder of NewEarth B where she co-created the first database for Social LCA, the Social Hotspots Database, and where she directs its development. She directed, coordinated research and stakeholder consultation for several highly-praised sustainability centers (CIRAIG, The Sustainability Consortium) and has years of deep engagement and expertise in international sustainability initiatives involving external stakeholders, conducting peer reviews and engaging with different viewpoints (GSCP, SPLC, GISR, S&L Convergence project, UN Environment, Social LC Alliance). Catherine also has an extensive background in ethical compliance and human rights due diligence. She teaches about social responsibility in product supply chains at Harvard Extension school. She has a PhD in Business administration from University of Quebec At Montreal.

SLCA Steering Committee

Elisabeth Ekener

senior Researcher
Royal Institute of Technology – KTH 

Elisabeth is a researcher at the Dept. of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. She has a PhD in Planning and Decision Analysis, and her doctoral thesis “Tracking down Social Impacts of Products with Social Life Cycle Assessment” was specifically addressing Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA). Her research area is in social sustainability broadly, with a specialization in S-LCA. She has published several scientific papers on S-LCA methodology and its application in different case studies.

She is also involved in projects addressing sustainability assessment, with focus on social issues. Examples are the on-going EU-project REFLEX (Analysis of the European energy system under the aspects of flexibility and technological progress), where the task is to assess the energy scenarios developed from a social sustainability perspective. In the likewise on-going project Urban Circle (Urban Waste into Circular Economy Benefits), conducted in cooperation with Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the work aims at assessing redesigned circular systems for urban waste treatment from a sustainability perspective in three different countries (Kenya, Colombia and Sweden).

She has a background in the business community as an Environmental and Sustainability consultant for fifteen years. During this time, she took part in the development process of the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility guidance standard, representing Sweden at an international level in the years 2006-2010.

SLCA Steering Committee

Sonia Valdivia

Programme Manager
World Resorces Forum

Sonia Valdivia is a Programme Manager at the World Resources Forum since August 2014 in the areas of ‘sustainable recycling industries’ and ‘life cycle management’. She is also Steering Committee member of the UN Life Cycle Initiative and Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee Member of the Consumer Information Program of the 10YFP on SCP since 2017. Previously, she was the Programme Officer at the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, and has been coordinating the Secretariat of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. She holds an Honorary Professorship from the Leuphana University of Luneburg.

She has a PhD in environmental waste management and policies from the Technical University of Karlsruhe and has worked for organizations such as UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), NACEC (North American Center for Environmental Cooperation), INE (Mexican Institute of Ecology) and as a GIZ coordinator of the Pan-American Network for Environmental Waste Management. She is a co-author of the publications ‘From Worst to Good Practices in Metal Recycling (2018)’, on ‘Marine Litter Declaration for Marine Litter and LCA (2017)’, and UNEP/SETAC ‘Global LCA Assessment and Network Expansion (2016)’, ‘Towards a Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (2012)’, ‘Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment (2009)’, and ‘Life Cycle Management – How business uses it to decrease footprint, create opportunities and make value chains more sustainable (2010)’.

SLCA Steering Committee

Matthias Finkbeiner

Chair of Sustainable Engineering
Technical University Berlin

Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner is Chair of Sustainable Engineering and Managing Director of the Department of Environmental Technology at Technical University Berlin. He was Chairman of the ISO-Committee TC207/SC5 for Life Cycle Assessment for nine years and member of the International Life Cycle Board (ILCB) of the UNEP´s Life Cycle Initiative. He was appointed for the governing body of the ecolabel Blue Angel. Earlier in his career, he was Manager at the Design-for-Environment Department for Mercedes-Benz Cars at Daimler AG. He has a multidisciplinary background in environmental science and sustainability management.

SLCA Steering Committee

Marzia Traverso

Head of the Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering
RWTH Aachen University

Since June 2017 Marzia Traverso is Professor and Head of the Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering. Before she worked as a Scientific Officer at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Seville, responsible for the development of criteria for Green Public Procurement on Street Lighting, of Transport and for the Building Sector. She was also part of the BMW Group as a project manager at the Research & Innovation Centre. There she was responsible for the sustainability performance and LCA of several cars, such as BMW i3 and BMW i8. During her post-docs she worked at the Chair of Sustainable Engineering at TU Berlin and focused on Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment and Social Life Cycle Assessment.
She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Social LC Alliance and subject-editor for SLCA of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. She is author and reviewer of several international peer-reviewed journals such as International Journal of LCA. She is also a member of the Italian Network of LCA and the founder of the non-profit organization Information for Sustainable Development (iSuD).

Markus Berger

Technical University of Berlin

Dr. Markus Berger is leading the Team Industrial Ecology at the Chair of Sustainable Engineering at TU Berlin. In research and education he engages in sustainability assessments of products and organizations along their life cycles. With a research focus on the water footprint, Markus analyses the water use hidden in products‘ global supply chains and develops solutions to mitigate water stress at local hotspots. He has a multidisciplinary background in civil engineering as well as environmental technology and management.


senior researcher
RWTH Aachen University

Since November 2017 Sabrina Neugebauer works as a senior researcher at the Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering. She has a Ph.D. in the field of Environmental Engineering from Technische Universität Berlin. Within her dissertation she suggested methodological advancements for the Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment methodology with a special focus on Social Life Cycle Assessment. During her studies in Industrial Engineering at the Technical University of Clausthal she already experienced the Life Cycle Assessment method in 2009 within her Diploma thesis at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG.

She is and was involved in various projects together with Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the German Automotive Industry as well as the German Steel Industry (e.g. for developing an approach for the Multi-Recycling of Steel). She was further involved as a leading researcher in the CRC1026 – Sustainable Manufacturing in the Project Microeconomic Sustainability Assessment where she suggested and applied social aspects of new technologies and processes. She is author, reviewer and guest editor of international peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Cleaner Production or Resources.

Thomas Schaubroeck

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

Dr. Thomas Schaubroeck is a researcher at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). His main area of expertise is life cycle assessment and life cycle sustainability assessment, covering also social and economic issues. Thomas focuses on the following topics: circular economy, product benefit and consequential modelling.
He obtained his Master in Bioscience engineering and PhD degree (2014) at Ghent University. At that same university, during the period 2014-2016, Thomas was a main lecturer and co-supervised in practice several PhD students. Over the course of his career, he has worked together with many industrial partners. In particular, from 2017 until 2019 he was a postdoctoral fellow, funded by the FNR, through a PPP-project between LIST and the flooring company Tarkett on “PVC flooring recycling: a sustainability assessment of different circular business models“. Thomas (co)authored about 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Prominent ones are a short comment in Nature on sustainability of nature-based solutions, his awarded work on a model for particulate matter removal by forests and a conceptual study on modelling the impact of product systems on human well-being.