Reid Lifset’s research and teaching focus is on the growing field of industrial ecology, the study of the environmental consequences of production and consumption. He is a Research Scholar and Resident Fellow in Industrial Ecology on the faculty of the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). He is founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, an international peer-reviewed bi-monthly owned by Yale University and headquartered at the Center for Industrial Ecology at Yale F&ES. He also serves as Associate Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program and the Yale Program on Solid Waste Policy. Mr Lifset’s research focuses on the application of industrial ecology to novel problems and research areas, the evolution of extended producer responsibility (EPR), and the development of the circular economy. He is a member of the governing council of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) and the editorial board of Waste and Biomass Valorization. He did his graduate work in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in management at Yale University.
He has served on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, and the advisory board for the Q Collection in New York City, an environmental design and furnishings firm, the advisory board of the American Journal of Science and the editorial advisory board of the Springer book series, Eco-efficiency in Industry & Science. He has advised organizations such as the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Coalition of Northeast Governors, the Luce Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.