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Shelby Browning

Research Interests:
Sustainable Development
Commodity Chains and Networks
East Africa
Energy & Society
Energy Conversion
plastic waste

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 2020.


I have been apart of the University of Kentucky's Appropriate Technology and Sustainability Team (UKATS) since 2013.  In that time, I researched various waste conversion processes, particularly focused on plastic waste.  I have traveled to East Africa four times to analyze and observe how society interacts with waste materials and how plastic waste specifically impacts sustainable development.

Selected Publications:

Browning, S., B. Beymer-Farris and J. Seay (2021): “Addressing the Challenges Associated with Plastic Waste Disposal and Management in Developing Countries”, Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, Vol. 32, DOI: 10.1016/j.coche.2021.100682

Joshi C., S. Browning and J. Seay (2020): “Combating plastic waste via Trash to Tank”. Nature Reviews Earth and Environment, Vol. 1, page 142. DOI: 10.1038/s43017-020-0032-3.

Browning S., T. Lawrence, C. Joshi and J. Seay (2020): “Analysis of Green Pesticide Production by Valorization of Husks from Croton megalocarpus Tree Nuts”, Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, Vol 39, No. 4. DOI: 10.1002/ep.13312,