Research & Innovation Working Group

The Research and Innovation (R&I) Working Group (WG) of the ISWA Young Professional Group (YPG) was founded during the world congress in 2016 in Serbia. The R&I WG includes some of the best and brightest young researchers in waste and resource management towards a CIRCULAR ECONOMY. The R&I WG strives towards learning and developing knowledge on the contentious and critical issues in waste management at local, regional, national & international levels in order to provide credible and relevant analyses of the different current & future challenges facing our societies. The main objective of this WG is to share knowledge and expertise about various research in innovative topics and actively engage in international research projects. 


Recent Activites

The WG is active in organizing events able to sharing knowledge and information among an international audience of young professionals. Look at the last YPG Online Conference organized in 2020 by the R&I WG in the “Resources” column!

The working group is planning the 4th International Online Conference that will explore the main issues and developments towards a sustainable development towards 2030.


More information are available on this Link!

Stay tuned! 


Amani Maalouf

Amani Maalouf



Dr. Amani Maalouf is the head of the research department at D-Waste company in Greece. She has a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering and was a postdoctoral researcher in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of waste management systems at the University of Perugia, Italy. She has more than 30 publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, conferences, and book chapters related to waste management and was an invited speaker in leading international conferences. Dr. Maalouf is the Lead Author of the “Status of Waste Management” Chapter of the Global Waste Management Outlook 2 scientific UNEP-ISWA report. She worked as senior expert and team leader on multiple national and international solid waste projects funded by international organizations, including EU, EIB, EEA, WB, EC, UNEP, UNDP, SIDA, SIWI, FES, WTERT, and IDRC.

Navarro Ferronato

Navarro Ferronato



Navarro is an environmental engineer, Ph.D. in environmental sciences, and postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Sciences at the University of Insubria (Varese, Italy). He is an enthusiastic researcher interested in developing appropriate solutions for implementing sustainable solid waste management systems in low to middle-income countries. His spirit of cooperation allows Navarro to support the draft and realization of a development cooperative project in Bolivia related to the transition toward a CIRCULAR ECONOMY. To date, he is working on the valorization of the waste for energy recovery, the management of construction and demolition waste, the Life cycle assessment (LCA) of municipal solid waste management systems, and the analysis of the involvement of the population in the selective collection. Navarro is the author of about 30 scientific papers, a speaker at about 10 national and international conferences, and a scientific reviewer of more than 20 scientific journals, among them the “Waste Management & Research” Journal promoted by ISWA.

Objectives of the Working Group


The main R&I activities are related to the organization of the annual ISWA YPG online conference and the dissemination of scientific and research skills through different online sessions. In addition, the group suggests new lines of research involving the members of the group, collecting data, and analyzing the information gathered in cooperation with the international and multidisciplinary network forming part of the group.

The group also aims to share information about:

  • Various research opportunities
  • Calls for Journals’ Special Issues 
  • Newly published scientific papers & scientific reports, research projects
  • Funding programs and scholarships 
  • Online training courses, schools & other educational programs related to waste management

Members of the Working Group

The R&I is an international Working Group with members from countries all over the globe! Our mission is to connect people, knowledge, and ideas from around the world to improve research activities in relation to waste and resource management practices towards a Circular Economy.

The list of the members of the working group is reported here.

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# Members

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The working group suggests research & innovation activities related to the support of a circular economy at an international level through publications, workshops, conferences, and online sessions.

International Blog Competition

International young researchers are called for publishing blogs, posts, or short communications on online platforms and social networks, spreading the knowledge related to sustainable production and consumption. The objective of the Blog competition is to share ideas among students and young practitioners, involving citizens all around the world.

Look at the program and the winners of the Blog Competition 2020!


Research activities 

The wide knowledge and the international experiences of the members are the golden power of the WG. The information available inside the group is gathered and developed in order to publish reports and scientific articles that can be used by the international audience for spreading consciousness towards a circular economy.

Some research interests of the group are related to:

  • Solid waste management and planning
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Waste recycling and recovery
  • Social inclusion in waste selective collection
  • Landfill management
  • Composting and biomass valorization
  • Inclusion of the informal sector

Workshops and Online Sessions

The WG organizes online events inviting international speakers involved in solid waste management and planning. The goal is to disseminate knowledge and new capacities among the young international audience, inspiring the new generation of circular thinkers towards a sustainable development.

4th International Online Conference

The envisioned decade of changes toward a circular economy era.

Are you a young professional ready for this challenge?

Register now!


Publications & Reports

Look at the latest and past reports published by the Research & Innovation WG!

The R&I WG is active in supporting the YPG for elaborating data and writing reports related to solid waste management issues at a global level! Here you can find the reports and articles of the past works implemented by the YPG. 

In 2017, the ISWA YPG would identify and map the world’s biggest waste challenges. The results revealed the state of waste management across the globe in 2018! It is a contribution for assessing past and future challanges towards a sustainable development and a circular economy!

The Corner of the Members

The members of the WG are very active in research and innovation!

The link of their last scientific articles, conference proceedings and reports is shared here, providing best practices and approaches for sustainable solid waste management. 

The links reported here refer to the scientific papers published in the last three months and chosen by the chairs of the WG, giving evidence to the most interesting studies published by the members of the WG! (The names of the authors reported in bold refer to the members of the WG!)

Environmental and energy performances of the Italian municipal solid waste incineration system in a life cycle perspective


Waste Management & Research

Scientific article

Federico Sisani, Amani Maalouf, and Francesco Di Maria


A Review of Technological Solutions to Prevent or Reduce Marine Plastic Litter in Developing Countries




Andrea Winterstetter, Marie Grodent, Venkatesh Kini, Kim Ragaert and Karl C. Vrancken


Increasing the Efficiency of Mechanical-Biological Residual Waste Treatment through the Fermentation Stage of the Liquid Pressed Organic Fractions


Conference paper

International Conference on Sustainable Biowaste Management 2021, Hong Kong

R. Al-Bewani, T. Böning, A. Nassour, M. Nelles

Adoption of sustainable solid waste management and treatment approaches: A case study of Iran


Waste Management & Research

Scientific Article

Haniyeh Jalalipour, Neematollah Jaafarzadeh, Gert Morscheck, Satyanarayana Narra, Michael Nelles


Sensitivity analysis and improvements of the recycling rate in municipal solid waste life cycle assessment: Focus on a Latin American developing context


Waste Management

Scientific Article

Navarro Ferronato, Luca Moresco, Gabriela Edith Guisbert Lizarazu, Marcelo Antonio Gorritty Portillo, Fabio Conti, Vincenzo Torretta


Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on medical waste management in Lebanon


Waste Management & Research

Scientific article

Amani Maalouf, and
Hani Maalouf


A pragmatic and industry-oriented framework for data quality assessment of environmental footprint tools


Resources, Environment and Sustainability

Scientific article

Ramy Salemdeeb, Ruth Saint, William Clark, Michael Lenaghan, Kimberley Pratt, Fraser Millar


The role of anthropogenic resource classification in supporting the transition to a circular economy


Journal of Cleaner Production


Andrea Winterstetter, Soraya Heuss-Assbichler, Julia Stegemann, Ulrich Kral, Patrick Wäger, Mohamed Osmani, Helmut Rechbergerd



 R&I WG email:

Write to Dr. Amani Maalouf and Dr. Navarro Ferronato