Ka Leung Lam

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

industrial ecology, sustainability assessment, water resources management, ecological economics

Dr. Lam’s research focus is at the intersection of environmental management, environmental engineering, and sustainability science. He specializes in methods of industrial ecology (i.e., life cycle assessment, input-output analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, material flow analysis). Currently, he has a strong focus on how we can sustainably transition our approaches to water management – reducing greenhouse gas emissions, enabling resource recovery, and improving resilience.


Dr. Lam has a B.Eng. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering (with a minor in Liberal Studies) and a M.Phil. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Energy Technology Concentration) from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland. Prior to joining DKU, he was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Delft University of Technology.

Lam, K.L., van der Hoek, J.P. (2020) Low-carbon Urban Water Systems: Opportunities beyond Water and Wastewater Utilities? Environmental Science & Technology 54, 14854−14861.

Lam, K.L., Zlatanovic, L., van der Hoek J.P. (2020) Life cycle assessment of nutrient recycling from wastewater: A critical review. Water Research 173, 115519.

Lam, K.L., Kenway, S.J., Lane, J.L., Islam, K.M.N., Bes de Berc, R. (2019) Energy intensity and embodied energy flow in Australia: An input-output analysis. Journal of Cleaner Production 226, 357-368.

Lam, K.L., Stokes-Draut, J., Horvath, A., Lane, J.L., Kenway, S.J., Lant, P.A. (2017) Life-cycle energy impacts for adapting an urban water supply system to droughts. Water Research 127, 139-149.

Lam, K.L., Kenway, S.J., Lant, P.A. (2017) Energy use for water provision in cities. Journal of Cleaner Production 143, 699-709.

Lam, K.L., Kenway, S.J., Lant, P.A. (2017) City-scale analysis of water-related energy identifies more cost-effective solutions. Water Research 109, 287–298.

Lam, K.L., Lant, P.A., O’Brien, K.R., Kenway, S.J. (2016) Comparison of water-energy trajectories of two major regions experiencing water shortage. Journal of Environmental Management 181, 403-412.