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Dr Sigrid Kusch Dr Dipl-Ing

Visiting Research Fellow

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Dr Sigrid Kusch-Brandt is a Visiting Research Fellow within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Dr Kusch-Brandt’s work aims to contribute to more sustainable management of environmental resources, including through a more effective integration of circular economy principles into the management of wastes. She has a specific interest in the valorisation of biogenic resources.

Sigrid studied environmental engineering in Germany and France, and received her doctoral degree from the University of Hohenheim in 2007 after conducting both laboratory-scale and full-scale research on anaerobic digestion for biogas production from solid biomasses. Her experience stems primarily from positions with several academic institutions, and in addition from projects on a freelance basis. From 2011 to 2012, she held the temporary position of substitute professor for waste management at Technical University of Dresden. In 2014, she became visiting professor for ‘Sustainable and Renewable Resources’ at the University of Padua. She also works as consultant for organisations such as UNEP and the European Commission. She is a member of the Bioenergy and Organic Resources Research Group at the University of Southampton since 2009.

Dr Kusch-Brandt has published more than 100 scientific contributions, has served as guest editor for several international journals, and frequently serves as reviewer for publications. The Best Reviewer Award of the Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association recognized the outstanding quality of one of her reviews and she was also voted SAGE Excellent Reviewer by Waste Management and Research. She serves as Section Editor Environmental Sciences for the journal Science Progress and as Editorial Board Member for Waste Management and Research. She frequently serves as evaluator of research proposals for different funding programmes. Dr Kusch-Brandt is a Future Earth Fellow.

Research interests

Sigrid’s main research interests include waste and resources management, circular economy, anaerobic digestion, food waste, sustainable consumption and production.

Research group

Water and Environmental Engineering Group

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A. In journals

Song, He; Zhang, Yue; Kusch-Brandt, Sigrid; Banks, Charles J. Comparison of Variable and Constant Loading for Mesophilic Food Waste Digestion in a Long-Term Experiment. Energies 2020, 13, 1279.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/en13051279

Website: https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/13/5/1279

Eades, Paul; Kusch-Brandt, Sigrid; Heaven, Sonia; Banks, Charles J. Estimating the Generation of Garden Waste in England and the Differences between Rural and Urban Areas. Resources 2020, 9, 8.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/resources9010008

Website: https://www.mdpi.com/2079-9276/9/1/8

Zhang, Yue; Kusch-Brandt, Sigrid; Gu, Shiyan; Heaven, Sonia. Particle Size Distribution in Municipal Solid Waste Pre-Treated for Bioprocessing. Resources 2019, 8, 166.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/resources8040166

Website: https://www.mdpi.com/2079-9276/8/4/16

Kusch-Brandt, Sigrid. Urban Renewable Energy on the Upswing: A Spotlight on Renewable Energy in Cities in REN21’s “Renewables 2019 Global Status Report”. Resources 2019, 8, 139.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/resources8030139

Website: https://www.mdpi.com/2079-9276/8/3/139

Girotto, Francesca; Kusch, Sigrid; Lavagnolo, Maria C.: Biological metabolites recovery from beverage production solid residues through acidogenic fermentation. Detritus 2019, 5, 19-28.

DOI: 10.31025/2611-4135/2019.13770

Website: https://digital.detritusjournal.com/articles/biological-metabolites-recovery-from-beverage-production-solid-residues-through-acidogenic-fermentation/187

Alsheyab, Mohammad A.T.; Kusch-Brandt, Sigrid. Potential Recovery Assessment of the Embodied Resources in Qatar’s Wastewater. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3055.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su10093055

Website: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/9/3055

Kusch, Sigrid; Hills, Colin D. The Link between e-Waste and GDP—New Insights from Data from the Pan-European Region. Resources 2017, 6, 15.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/resources6020015

Website: https://www.mdpi.com/2079-9276/6/2/15

B. Book chapters

Kusch-Brandt, Sigrid: Material Footprint: understanding resource efficiency by considering actual raw material consumption. In: Leal Filho, W.; Azul, A.M.; Brandli, L.; Özuyar, P.G.; Wall, T. (edts.): Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12); Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Book series), Springer: Cham, 2019.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71062-4_85-1

Website: https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-3-319-71062-4_85-1

Kusch-Brandt, Sigrid: Sustainable production: decoupling the creation of goods and services from unsustainable resource use and environmental degradation. In: Leal Filho, W.; Azul, A.M.; Brandli, L.; Özuyar, P.G.; Wall, T. (edts.): Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12); Book series Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Book series), Springer: Cham, 2019.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71062-4_10-2

Website: https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-3-319-71062-4_10-2

Kusch-Brandt, Sigrid; Mumme, Jan; Nashalian, Ossanna; Girotto, Francesca; Lavagnolo, Maria C.; Udenigwe, Chibuike: Valorization of residues from beverage production. In: Grumezescu, A.M.; Holban, A.M. (edts.): Processing and Sustainability of Beverages. Vol.2: The Science of Beverages, Woodhead Publishing/ Elsevier, 2019, pp. 451-494.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-815259-1.00013-6

Website: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128152591000136

C. In conference proceedings

Kusch-Brandt, Sigrid: Common challenges in the implementation of decentralized combined heat and power production. Proceedings 18th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2018, Book 4.1, 2018, pp. 219-226.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5593/sgem2018/4.1/s17.029

Website: https://www.sgem.org/index.php/elibrary?view=publication&task=show&id=1122

Kusch-Brandt, Sigrid: Charcoal from alternative materials for use as energy carrier and reducing agent: a review of key findings in Europe and the Americas. Proceedings 18th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2018, Book 4.1, 2018, pp. 203-210.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5593/sgem2018/4.1/s17.027

Website: https://www.sgem.org/index.php/elibrary?view=publication&task=show&id=1120

Kusch, Sigrid: Cellulosic ethanol – heading towards commercially viable advanced biofuels. Proceedings 17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2017, Book 42, 2017, pp. 111-118.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5593/sgem2017/42/s17.015

Website: https://www.sgem.org/index.php/elibrary?view=publication&task=show&id=3705

Kusch, Sigrid; Alsheyab, Mohammad A.T.: Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE): a closer look at photovoltaic panels. Proceedings 17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2017, Book 41, 2017, pp. 317-324.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5593/sgem2017/41/s18.041

Website: https://www.sgem.org/index.php/elibrary?view=publication&task=show&id=3645

D. Other: Datasets

Heaven, Sonia; Eades, Paul; Kusch-Brandt, Sigrid; Banks, Charles. Dataset for 'Estimating the Generation of Garden Waste in England and the Differences between Rural and Urban Areas'. University of Southampton, 2020.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5258/SOTON/D1272

Website: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/438553/

Song, He; Zhang, Yue; Kusch-Brandt, Sigrid; Banks, Charles J. Dataset for 'Comparison of variable and constant loading for mesophilic food waste digestion in a long-term experiment'. University of Southampton, 2020.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5258/SOTON/D1266

Website: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/438477/

Dr Sigrid Kusch
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF
Email: S.Kusch@soton.ac.uk
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