Daniel Posen

Assistant Professor

Canada Research Chair in System-Scale Environmental Impacts of Energy and Transport Technologies


Research Interests

Publications & Media




Daniel Posen


My research focuses on system-scale environmental sustainability analysis. This work draws on a range of tools from Engineering, Science, Economics, and Public Policy to provide quantitative analysis to guide environmental policy and decision making. Current projects centre around prioritizing greenhouse gas mitigation strategies, with a focus on urban environments and on selecting among competing uses for biomass.

Education and Designations

  • PhD Engineering & Public Policy, and Civil & Environmental Engineering (2016)
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • MSc Economics (2012)
    London School of Economics
  • MRes Green Chemistry: Energy and the Environment (2010)
    Imperial College London
  • BA Chemistry with Certificate in Applied Mathematics (2009)
    Princeton University

Research Interests

Life cycle assessment and life cycle thinking

Setting priorities for greenhouse gas mitigation

Evaluating biofuels, bio-based chemicals & other uses for biomass

Economic modeling of fossil fuel and energy markets

Public policy & decision support models

Quantifying uncertainty in environmental systems & for evaluating environmental policy


Selected Publications

Posen, I. D.; Griffin, W. M.; Matthews, H. S.; Azevedo, I. L., Changing the Renewable Fuel Standard to a Renewable Material Standard: Bioethylene Case Study. Environ Sci Technol 2015, 49, (1), 93-102. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es503521r

Posen, I. D., Jaramillo, P., & Griffin, W. M. (2016). Uncertainty in the Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Production of Three Bio-based Polymer Families. Environmental Science & Technology, 50(6), 2846-2858. DOI:   http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.5b05589

Faria, F., Klima, K., Posen, I. D., & Azevedo, I. M. L. (2015). A New Approach of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Outreach in Climate Change, Energy, and Environmental Decision Making. Sustainability: The Journal of Record, 8(5), 261-271. http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/SUS.2015.29023

Selected Media

  1. “Researchers Analyze Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through the Life Cycle of Plant-Based Plastics.” Carnegie Mellon University News, June 23, 2016. http://engineering.cmu.edu/media/feature/2016/06_23_plant_based_plastics.html
  2. “A life-cycle look at plant-based plastics.” Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), March 18, 2016. http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/web/2016/03/life-cycle-look-plant-based.html
  3. “Carnegie Mellon Researchers Call for Broader U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard.” Carnegie Mellon University News, April 7, 2015. http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2015/april/renewable-fuel-standard.html
  4. “Is it Time to Broaden the Scope of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard?” Blog post in The Energy Collective, March 23, 2015. http://theenergycollective.com/daniel-posen/2208606/it-time-broaden-scope-us-renewable-fuel-standard


Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEndSection
Engineering and Management of Large ProjectsWinter 2023Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
Quantitative Methods for Decision-Making

Winter 2023Tuesday
CME368HFall 2020Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.

News Mentions

Grad student profile: Mengqing Kan, PhD candidate

In advance of the coming Graduate Research Days, February 24 & 25, CivMin contacted previous participants to get their point of view on the event and their research goals at U of T. Our Q&A is with PhD candidate Mengqing Kan.   Can you please tell us a little about yourself? My name is Mengqing… Read more »

CivMin has two of seven U of T Engineering researchers awarded Canada Research Chairs

  Two Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering (CivMin) professors are among seven University of Toronto Engineering researchers awarded Canada Research Chairs (CRC). The announcement  from the Government of Canada was made Wednesday, Jan. 12. Prof. Heather MacLean and Prof. Daniel Posen are the Department’s newest recipients of a CRC. MacLean receives a CRC in… Read more »

CivMin profs win Skule™ Student Choice Awards

    Created by the University of Toronto’s Engineering Society, in order to recognize instructors who went above and beyond during this global health crisis, the Student Choice Awards are the first to be fully curated and operated by students. CivMin was recognized with eight of 29 total mentions of recognition, and two of the… Read more »


Daniel Posen
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
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