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Lorie Hamelin


Senior Researcher, INSA-Toulouse
Laureate of Make Our Planet Great Again

Actual position and research subject

Bioeconomy, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Renewable Energy Systems, Agro-Ecology

I use data to help stakeholders make informed investment choices with regards to the long-term environmental consequences of different options, typically related to biomass use. My field of research lies at the crossroads of bioeconomy, circular economy & renewable energy systems, in the transition towards a decarbonized economy. It endeavours to identify synergies between these areas in an effort to achieve a high degree of system efficiency, minimize environmental impacts as well as the use of fossil carbon. In other words, I strive to re-think how we supply food, energy & chemicals to the World, as well as how we manage waste. Life Cycle Assessment, Energy System Analysis & Spatial Analysis (GIS) are the key analytical tools I apply and develop in my research.

Education and Diploma


(Total funded research as PI, excluding self-financing portion, in € = 1,500,000)

  • 2019: Grant Mourou/Strickland mobility programme (travel grant) Awarded by the French Embassy in Canada for a short research stay at University of Waterloo for a project on renewable methane.
  • 2019: INRA support package to ERC start-up grant application Awarded by the French INRA. Only 4 candidates supported nationally.
  • 2018: Grant to organize an International Conference (9,000 EUR) Awarded by the French INRA GloFoods MetaProgramme (8000 EUR) and an outreach fund from INSA-Toulouse (1000 EUR)
  • 2017: PI, Make Our Planet Great Again Grant (750,000 EUR) Initiative of the French President to attract international talents in France, financed under the French PIA3 programme (500,000 EUR) and supplemented by the Occitanie Region (250,000 EUR)
  • 2016: WP-leader, Danish Innovation Fund (1,283,613 DKK or 170,300 EUR) See Project HiGradeGas above
  • 2015-16: WP-leader, Danish EUDP Fund (875,160 DKK or 118,200 EUR) See Project Urban Energy above
  • 2014-16: WP-leader, Danish Innovation Fund (2,436,576 DKK or 329,000 EUR) See Project EFPro2 above
  • 2013-16: WP-leader, Intelligent Energy Europe (118,000 EUR) See Project Grass for Green Gas (GR3) above
  • 2015: Individual bonus for excellence (10,000 DKK or 1,350 EUR) University of Southern Denmark
  • 2014: Grant to attend an Elite Career Development Programme (17,000 DKK or 2,300 EUR) University of Southern Denmark
  • 2007: M.Sc. Excellence Grant (17,000 CDN or 11,300 EUR) Awarded by the Quebec Pig Producers Association
  • 2006: Admission M.Sc. Grant, merit-based (2,000 CDN or 1,300 EUR) Université Laval
  • 2005 – 2006: Selected in the Canadian Youth Delegation to participate to the Conference of Parties (COP) on Climate change, COP-11 in Montreal (Canada) and COP-12 in Nairobi (Kenya) Initiative coordinated by Environnement Jeunesse, and partly sponsored by the Canadian Government
  • 2004: Excellence Grant (5,000 CDN or 3,300 EUR) Quebec Ministry of Education « Excellence in Science » for Women in STEM, Great Prize

List of selected publications

Selected June 2019. See updates & full list on google scholar:

  1. Hamelin L, Borzecka M, Kozak M, Pudelko R (2019). A geo-localized approach to bioeconomy: quantifying the residual biomass potential in Europe. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 100, 127-142.
  2. Teigiserova D, Hamelin L, Thomsen M (2019). Review of high value food waste and food residues biorefineries with focus on unavoidable waste from processing. Journal of Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 148. In press.
  3. Bartoli A, Hamelin L, Rozakis S, Borzecka M, Brandao M (2019). Coupling economic and GHG emission accounting models to evaluate the sustainability of biogas policies. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 106, 133-148.
  4. Saez de Bikuna K, Hamelin L, Hauschild MZ, Pilegaard K, Ibrom A (2018). A comparison of land use change accounting methods: seeking common grounds for key modeling choices in biofuel assessments. Journal of Cleaner Production, 177, 52-61.
  5. Saxe H, Hamelin L, Hinrichsen T, Wenzel H (2018).Production of pig feed under future atmospheric CO2 concentrations: Changes in crop content and chemical composition, land use, environmental impact and socio-economic consequences. Sustainability, 10(9), 3184.
  6. Brandao M, Martin M, Cowie A, Hamelin L, Zamagni A (2017). Consequential Life Cycle Assessment: What, How, and Why? Chapter in Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Science. Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies, Elsevier, 277-284.
  7. Pehme S, Veromann E, Hamelin L (2017). Environmental performance of manure co-digestion with natural and cultivated grass – A consequential Life Cycle Assessment. Journal of Cleaner Production, 162, 1135-1143.
  8. Sommer SG, Hamelin L, Olesen JE, Montes F, Wei J, Qing C, Triolo JM  (2016). Agricultural waste biomass. Chapter in the book “Supply Chain Management for Sustainable Food Networks”, John Wiley & Sons Inc., Chapter 3.
  9. Cimpan C, Rothmann M, Hamelin L, Wenzel H (2015). Towards increased recycling of household waste: Documenting cascading effects and material efficiency of commingled recyclables and biowaste collection. Journal of Environmental Management, 157, 69-83.
  10. Tonini D, Hamelin L, Morales AM, Astrup TF (2016). GHG emission factors of bioelectricity, biomethane and bioethanol quantified for 24 biomass substrates with consequential life-cycle assessment. Bioresource Technology, 208, 123-133.
  11. Habib K, Hamelin L, Wenzel H (2016). A dynamic perspective of the geopolitical supply risk of metals. Journal of Cleaner Production, 133, 850-858. 
  12. Cimpan C, Rothmann M, Hamelin L, Wenzel H (2015). Towards increased recycling of household waste: Documenting cascading effects and material efficiency of commingled recyclables and biowaste collection. Journal of Environmental Management, 157, 69-83.
  13. Hamelin L (2013). Carbon management & environmental consequences of agricultural biomass in a Danish renewable energy strategy. PhD thesis, Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology. Odense, Denmark,
  14. Hamelin L, Naroznova I, Wenzel H (2014). Environmental consequences of different carbon alternatives for increased manure-based biogas. Applied Energy, 114, 774-782
  15. Tonini D, Hamelin L, Wenzel H, Astrup T (2012). Bioenergy production from perennial energy crops: a consequential LCA of 12 bioenergy chains including land use changes. Environmental Science & Technology, 46, 13521-13530
  16. De Vries JW, Vinken TMWJ, Hamelin L, De Boer IJM (2012). Comparing environmental consequences of anaerobic mono-and co-digestion alternatives for pig manure to produce bio-energy – a life cycle perspective. Bioresource Technology, 125, 239-248.
  17. Hamelin L, Jørgensen U, Petersen BM, Olesen JE, Wenzel H (2012). Modelling the carbon and nitrogen balances of direct land use changes from energy crops in Denmark; a consequential life cycle inventory. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 4, 889-907.
  18. Hamelin L, Wesnæs M, Wenzel H, Petersen BM (2011). Environmental consequences of future biogas technologies based on separated slurry. Environmental Science & Technology, 45, 5869-5877.
  19. Hamelin L, Godbout S, Thériault R, Lemay SP (2010). Evaluating ammonia emission potential from concrete slats designs for pig housing. Biosystems Engineering, 105, 455-465.