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Michael Alan Martin

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About me

Michael Martin is an Adjunct Professor at KTH-SEED and works as a Senior Researcher at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. MM has a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Analysis and Environmental Management from Linköping University, which focused on approaches to quantify the environmental and economic benefits of industrial symbiosis and circular-based production in the bio-based sector using LCA . His expertise and current work include quantitative and qualitative research methods applied to understanding the implications of sustainable consumption through the use of sustainability assessments. His research also specializes in how sustainability assessment information can be improved by and perceived through stakeholder dialogue. MM is an Adjunct Professor in the division where he is active in supervision, teaching and research projects. MM is also an Executive Board member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology.

Research Interests:

  • Industrial Symbiosis
  • Urban and Vertical Farming
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Life Cycle Management


  • Martin, M., Bengtsson, E., Carotti, L., Orrestig, K., Orsini, F., 2023. Environmental assessment of greenhouse herb production: A case of longitudinal improvement options in Sweden. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 193, 106948.

  • Elnour, M., Haller, H., Martin, M. (2023) Life cycle assessment of a retail store aquaponic system in a cold-weather region. Frontiers in Sustainability 3: 1051091.
  • Martin, M. (2023) Life cycle management in vertical farming: Insights from vertical farming sustainability assessments. Acta Hortic. (Accepted).
  • Martin, M., Tonini, P., Rufi Salis, M., Orsini, F., Pennisi, G., Appollini, E., Monzini, J. (2023). State-of-the-art on the environmental footprint of urban farming. Commercial Urban Agriculture: Current Status and Future Perspectives  (ed. Orsini, F. and Monzini, J.). Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
  • Rufi Salis, M., Martin, M., Orsini, F. (2023) Comparative assessment of environmental performances of urban farming systems. Commercial Urban Agriculture: Current Status and Future Perspectives  (ed. Orsini, F. and Monzini, J.). Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
  • Martin, M., Orsini, F. (2023) Life cycle assessment of indoor vertical farms. Advances in plant factories: New technologies in indoor vertical farming (ed. Emeritus Prof. Toyoki Kozai and Dr. Eri Hayashi), Burleigh and Dodds.
  • Martin, M. and Bustamante, M.J. (2022). Creating expectations and controversies for urban-vertical farming. Acta Hortic. 1356, 17-24
  • Finnveden, G., Arvidsson, R., Björklund, A., Guinée , J., Heijungs, R., Martin, M. (2022) Six areas of methodological debate on attributional life cycle assessment. E3S Web Conf., 349 (2022) 03007.
  • Martin, M., Weidner, T. & Gullström, C. (2022). Estimating the Potential of Building Integration and Regional Synergies to Improve the Environmental Performance of Urban Vertical Farming.Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 6.

  • Nilsson, J. & Martin, M. (2022). Exploratory environmental assessment of large-scale cultivation of seaweed used to reduce enteric methane emissions.Sustainable Production and Consumption, 30, 413-423.

  • Akhtar, N., Bokhari, S. A., Martin, M., Saqib, Z., Khan, M. I., Mahmud, A. Amir, S. (2022). Uncovering Barriers for Industrial Symbiosis : Assessing Prospects for Eco-Industrialization through Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Developing Regions.Sustainability, 14(11), 6898.

  • Martin, M., Herlaar, S., Jönsson, A., and Lazarevic, D. (2022). From Circular to Linear? Assessing the Life Cycle Environmental and Economic Sustainability of Steel and Plastic Beer Kegs. Circular Economy and Sustainability.

  • Martin, M., and Bustamante, M.J. (2021). Growing-Service Systems: New Business Models for Modular Urban-Vertical Farming. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 5.

  • Molin, E., Martin, M., and Björklund, A. (2021). Addressing Sustainability within Public Procurement of Food: A Systematic Literature Review. Sustainability 13, 13395.

  • Harris, S., Martin, M. & Diener, D. (2021). Circularity for circularity's sake? : Scoping review of assessment methods for environmental performance in the circular economy.Sustainable Production and Consumption, 26, 172-186.

  • Martin, M. & Herlaar, S. (2021). Environmental and social performance of valorizing waste wool for sweater production.Sustainable Production and Consumption, 25, 425-438.
  • Martin, M., Heiska, M. & Björklund, A. (2021). Environmental assessment of a product-service system for renting electric-powered tools.Journal of Cleaner Production, 281.
  • Martin, M. (2020) Industrial symbiosis networks: Application of circular economy for resource efficiency. Handbook of the Circular Economy edited by Brandão M, Lazarevic D, Finnveden G., forthcoming 2020, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
  • Martin, M. (2020) Evaluating the environmental performance of producing soil and surfaces through industrial symbiosis. Journal of Industrial Ecology 24 (3) 626-638.
  • Viganò, E., Brondi, C., Cornago, S., Caretta, A., Bua, L., Carnelli, L., Martin, M., Ballarino, A. (2020). The LCA Modelling of Chemical Companies in the Industrial Symbiosis Perspective: Allocation Approaches and Regulatory Framework. In Life Cycle Assessment in the Chemical Product Chain (pp. 75-98). Springer, Cham.

  • D’Adamo, I., Falcone, P.M., Martin, M., Rosa, P. (2020) A Sustainable Revolution: Let Us Go Sustainable to Get Our Globe Cleaner. Sustainability 12 (11), 4387

  • Martin, M. A., Poulikidou, S. & Molin, E. (2019). Exploring the Environmental Performance of Urban Symbiosis for Vertical Hydroponic Farming.Sustainability, 11(23).

  • Martin, M. and Molin, E. (2019) Environmental Assessment of an Urban Vertical Hydroponic Farming System in Sweden. Sustainability, 11 (15), 1-19.
  • Martin, M.; Lazarevic, D.; Gullström, C. (2019) Assessing the Environmental Potential of Collaborative Consumption: Peer-to-Peer Product Sharing in Hammarby Sjöstad, Sweden. Sustainability,11, 190.
  • Martin, M. and Harris, S. (2018). Prospecting the sustainability implications of an emerging industrial symbiosis network. Resources, Conservation & Recycling 138, pages 246–256.
  • Laurenti, R., Martin, M., Stenmarck, Å. (2018) Developing Adequate Communication of Waste Footprints of Products for a Circular Economy—A Stakeholder Consultation. Resources7(4), 78.
  • Lazarevic, D. and Martin, M. (2018) Life cycle assessment calculative practices in the Swedish biofuel sector: Governing biofuel sustainability by standards and numbers. Business Strategy and the Environment, 1-11.
  • Akhtar, N., Saqib, Z., Irfan, M. K., Martin, M., Atif, S. B., Zaman, M. H. (2019) A bibliometric analysis of contemporary research regarding industrial symbiosis: A path towards urban environmental resilience. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research 17(1):159-1221
  • Martin, M., Røyne, F., Ekvall, T. and Moberg, Å. (2018). Life Cycle Sustainability Evaluations of Bio-based Value Chains: Reviewing the indicators from a Swedish Perspective. Sustainability 10(2), 547.
  • Martin, M. and Brandao, M. (2017) Evaluating the Environmental Consequences of Swedish Food Consumption and Dietary Choices. Accepted. Sustainability, 9 (12), 2227
  • Martin, M. et al (2017) Assessing the aggregated environmental benefits from by-product and utility synergies in the Swedish biofuel industry. Biofuels, 1-16.
  • Martin, M. Oliveira, F., Larsson,, M, Rydberg, T.  (2017) Reviewing the environmental implications of increased consumption and trade of biofuels for transportation in Sweden Biofuels,In press, Pages 1-15.  Taylor and Francis..
  • Brandao, M., Martin, M., Cowie, A., Hamelin, L., Zamagni, A. (2017) Consequential Life Cycle Assessment: What, How, and Why?  Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier, December 2017.
  • Lazarevic, D. and Martin, M (2016) Life cycle assessments, carbon footprints and carbon visions: Analysing environmental systems analyses of transportation biofuels in Sweden Journal of Cleaner Production 137 (20) 249–257.
  • Martin, M. and Danielsson, L. (2016) Environmental Implications of Dynamic Policies on Food Consumption and Waste Handling in the European Union. Sustainability 8 (3), (1-15).
  • Martin, M. (2015) Unlocking the Potential of Biogas Production in Sweden- The Gap Between Potential Studies and Producer Perspectives. Biofuel 6(5-6), 233-240.
  • Martin, M. (2015) Quantifying the Environmental Performance of an Industrial Symbiosis Network of Biofuel Producers. Journal of Cleaner Production 102 (1), 202-212.
  • Martin, M., Svensson, N. Eklund, M. (2013). Who gets the benefits? An Approach to Assess the Environmental Performance of Industrial Symbiosis. Journal of Cleaner Production 98(1), 263-271.
  • Martin, M., Svensson, N., Fonseca, J., Eklund, M. (2014) Quantifying the Environmental Performance of Integrated Bioethanol and Biogas Production. Renewable Energy, 61(0), 109-116.
  • Martin, M., Svensson, N., Eklund, E. & Fonseca, J. (2012) Production synergies in the current biofuel industry: Opportunities for development. Biofuels 3(5), 545–554
  • Martin, M and Eklund, M. (2011) Improving the Environmental Performance of Biofuels with Industrial Symbiosis. Biomass and Bioenergy 3(5), 1747-1755.
  • Martin, M., Mwakaje, A.G., Eklund, M. (2009) Biofuel development initiatives in Tanzania: development activities, scales of production and conditions for implementation and utilization. Journal of Cleaner Production 17 (S1), S69-S79, Special Issue.


Degree Project in Industrial Ecology, Second Cycle (AL227X), examiner | Course web

Degree Project in Strategies for Sustainable Development, Second Cycle (AL250X), examiner | Course web

Resource recovery from waste (KE2355), teacher | Course web

Sustainable Food Production and Consumption (AL2110), teacher | Course web