Gian Andrea Blengini is presently a Senior Researcher (GH40) at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and an Associate Professor at the Politecnico di Torino (TU Turin, Italy).
Gian Andrea received his PhD in Earth Resources from the IST-Technical University of Lisbon (2006) and his Msc in Mining Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino (1994).
He joined the European Platform on Life Cycle Assessment (EPLCA) of the Sustainability Assessment Unit (JRC.H.8) in October 2013. At the EC-JRC, Gian Andrea is engaged in projects and activities (1) targeted to enhance Life Cycle data availability, coherence and quality, and (2) in support of EC policies for the sustainable supply and use of minerals and critical raw materials.
He is now on a 2-year leave from his position of Associate Professor at the Politecnico di Torino, Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructures Engineering (DIATI), where he leads the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) research group and lectures on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Resources & Environmental Sustainability at undergraduate, master and postgraduate level.
He was a tenured researcher at the University of Bologna in the Department of Mining and Chemical Engineering (1998-2001). He had an extensive work experience in the industry and in projects of international co-operation with developing countries: Italy (1997-98) industrial minerals production, Turkey (1997) tunnel excavation and Ethiopia (1994-96) water supply.
He has been a member of the Society of Mining Professors since 2006, and he has been appointed (2012 on) by the European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry (Unit Raw Materials) as an Expert member of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials.