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Kirsten Van Fossen

Kirsten Van Fossen

PhD student in the Industrial Sustainability Group,

Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge


Bringing her past research and work experience in sustainability motivated efforts, Kirsten joins the Centre for Industrial Sustainability as a first year PhD researcher investigating interventions at a systems level to promote sustainable action.

Most recently, Kirsten spent a year working on a sustainable aviation fuels initiative with the Energy Analysis and Sustainability Division at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, a United States Department of Transportation research center providing expertise and solutions to help solve challenging transportation problems.

In the year preceding her work at Volpe, Kirsten researched water filtration, wastewater treatment, and water reuse topics with a team of academic researchers at the University of Sao Paulo's International Reference Center for Water Reuse. Her water engineering research in Brazil followed from her BSc thesis, in which she designed and evaluated a carbon-nanotube/polymer hybrid water filtration membrane.

Kirsten graduated with a BSc in Environmental Engineering from Harvard in 2012.


  • consumer health and well being
  • behaviour change
  • social entrepreneurship
  • water filtration, wastewater treatment and water reuse
  • design for sustainability
  • industrial sustainability, particularly systems level thinking