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Weslynne Ashton Biography

Weslynne Ashton

Weslynne Ashton
Associate Professor of Environmental Management and Sustainability





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Ph.D., Yale University, Environmental Science
M.S., Yale University, Environmental Science
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Environmental Engineering


Weslynne Ashton is an Associate Professor of Environmental Management and Sustainability at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) Stuart School of Business. Her research focuses on two core areas: industrial ecology, industrial symbiosis and collaborative approaches to environmental management, and sustainability strategies for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and new ventures. She teaches courses in Industrial Ecology, Business Sustainability, and Social Entrepreneurship across business, public administration and environmental management programs. She strives to develop business solutions to social and environmental challenges in low income, underserved and developing regions through her research and teaching. Between 2012 and 2015, she led the US State Department funded “Pathways to Cleaner Production in the Americas” project. The project was an eight country, interdisciplinary industry-academia partnership focused on education for cleaner production (CP) and its implementation in small and medium enterprises in Latin America.

Prior to Illinois Tech, Dr. Ashton led Yale University’s “Industrial Ecology in Developing Countries” program where she trained researchers and graduate students in South and Southeast Asia in IE concepts and methods, holding visiting faculty appointments at TERI University in India and the National University of Singapore. She was a consultant on CP promotion strategies for the Inter-American Development Bank, and also worked as an environmental engineer and technology entrepreneur. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Environmental Science from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Research Interests: 

Industrial ecology and cleaner production
Circular economy and green business strategies
Social entrepreneurship
Sustainable urban and regional development
Environmental management in small and medium enterprises

Research Profile: