Mahdi Ikhlayel

Sustainability Researcher.

Ph.D. in Sustainability Science,
The University of Tokyo.​

Research Director at DEISO (Integrated Environmental Sustainability Oriented Research and Development), Japan.

Research Interests: Sustainable Development, Cleaner Production, Industrial Ecology, Environmental Impact Assessment, Technology Evaluation, Waste Management & Utilization.

Mahdi works on multidisciplinary research focusing on sustainability challenges utilizing his engineering, environmental science, and sustainability science educational backgrounds and work experiences. Particularly on how to figure out realistic “win-win” solutions for today’s most complex environmental and sustainable development issues. His research framework utilizes interdisciplinary methodologies, life cycle thinking, integrated, and holistic approaches.


  • Offered the GPSS-GLI Fellowship at The University of Tokyo funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) of the Japanese government (2013-3016) to pursue the doctoral research at the University of Tokyo, Graduate school of Frontier Science.
  • Several awarded by Publons of “the Top 1% peer reviewer” awards in the fields of Engineering; Energy; Environmental Ecology; Environmental Science; and Business Management and accounting.
  • Awarded by Publons, the “top 6th prolific reviewer” for the Journal of cleaner production.

Research Themes

Sustainability, Sustainable Development & Cleaner Production
Urban Environmental Resource Management & Planning, & Industrial Ecology
Technology Evaluation & Environmental Policy
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE; e-waste)
Integrated Waste Management Systems, Waste-to-Energy conversion & its Climate Change Impacts & Mitigation
Chemical Plant & Processes Design, Modeling, Simulation, Optimization & Environmental Impacts Reduction
Circular Economy & Resource Efficiency & 3R
Hazardous Waste Treatment
Material & Substance Flow Analysis
Total Material Requirement (TMR)
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): Analysis, Evaluation, & LCA Development
Social Life Cycle Assessment