Barbara Reck

Senior Research Scientist


Dr. Reck is a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale School of the Environment. Her research focuses on the sustainability of material use in society, informing environmental and resource policy as well as circular economy assessments. Beyond her extensive work on metals (namely nickel and stainless steel) her research includes studies on plastics and fibers. She has conducted in-depth analyses on metal recycling and its energy implications, and has developed metal recycling indicators, metal criticality assessments, and scenarios on the future supply and demand of major metals. Dr. Reck served as the inaugural node lead Systems Analysis and Integration at the REMADE Institute, a U.S. Manufacturing Institute that seeks to reduce energy use in U.S. manufacturing. She regularly serves on advisory boards of international research projects and is an active member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology.


Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.), Environmental Engineering, TU Berlin, Germany
M.Sc. (Dipl.-Ing. FH), Univ. of Applied Sciences, Bingen, Germany