Dr Philippa Notten has an undergraduate and PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Since completing her PhD in 2001, Pippa has worked as a consultant in the USA, Denmark and South Africa. During this time she contributed to a number of industry-, WWF-, EU- and UNEP-funded research projects in the broad areas of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), environmental decision-making, and the use of life cycle thinking to inform policy on sustainability and circularity.

Pippa is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, associated with the Environmental Process and Systems Engineering Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Her collaborations with UCT include lecturer of an annual LCA course (convened by UCT’s Continuing Professional Development Programme).

Pippa is an internationally-recognised expert in LCA with 20 years of experience, primarily relating to life cycle assessments and related research in the food, retail, and fast moving consumer goods sectors, and in the primary industries (mining and power generation). Pippa is also an expert reviewer, having conducted critical reviews of LCA studies conducted on behalf of leading global companies. She is active in the development and promotion of LCA in South Africa, and is instrumental in an initiative to set up a South African life cycle inventory database.

Pippa is LCA subject editor for the Journal of Industrial Ecology, a member of the ecoinvent International Advisory Council, and a subject editor (coal) of the ecoinvent database.