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Steven B. Young is an industrial ecologist and associate professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise & Development, University of Waterloo, Canada where he teaches in environment, business and sustainable development. His research interests include: corporate social responsibility; life-cycle assessment; responsible sourcing; sustainability standards and management systems; auditing, assurance and certification; sustainable materials, conflict minerals and critical raw materials. Professor Young is a professional engineer with degrees from University of Alberta and University of Toronto. He participates in industry and civil activities on responsible sourcing, and publishes in scholarly, industry and popular outlets.
- Cimprich A, Bach V, Helbig C, Thorenz A, Schrijvers D, Sonnemann G, Young SB, Sondregger T, Berger M. (2019). Resource criticality assessment as a complement to environmental life cycle assessment: examining methods for product-level supply risk assessment, Journal of Industrial Ecology.
- Young SB, Fernandes S*, Wood MO. (2019). Jumping the Chain: How Downstream Manufacturers Engage with Deep Suppliers of Conflict Minerals. Resources, 8(1), 26;
- Kalverkamp M, Young SB. (2019). In support of open-loop supply chains: Expanding the understanding of environmental sustainability in reverse supply chains. Journal of Cleaner Production.
- Cimprich A, Karim K, Young SB. (2018). Extending the geopolitical supply risk method: material "substitutability" indicators applied to electric vehicles and dental x-ray equipment, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment.
- Mancheri NA, Sprecher B, Deetman S, Young SB, Bleischwitz R, Dong L, Kleijn R, Tukker A (2018). Resilience in the tantalum supply chain. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 129, 56–69.
- Young SB (2018). “Sourcing Conflict Free Minerals from Central Africa.” Chapt 21 in Africa’s Mineral Fortune: The Science and Politics of Sustainability in the Extractive Industries. Saleem H. Ali, Nina Collins and Kathryn Sturman, editors. Routledge.
Ph.D. - Metallurgy and Materials Science, University of Toronto, 1996
M.A.Sc. - Metallurgy and Materials Science, University of Toronto, 1989
B.A.Sc. - Metallurgical Engineering (Coop), University of Alberta, 1987