About Us

The New Zealand Life Cycle Management (NZLCM) Centre is a partnership initiative between Massey University, AgResearch, Landcare Research, Plant and Food Research, and Scion; it is hosted by Massey University and the Director is Associate Professor Sarah McLaren. The Centre is funded through a five-year grant from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), and its aim is to build capability for Life Cycle Management (LCM) in New Zealand. This is done through education, training and research in LCM and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

Massey University

We embrace diversity, talent and performance, and provide staff and students with an extensive range of opportunities to develop intellectually, professionally and personally.

Massey is known for:

  • Groundbreaking research
  • The applied nature of many of our teaching and research programmes
  • Contribution to land-based industries
  • Distinctive mix of campus-based, distance and international teaching
  • Commitment to innovation
  • Close links with the community
  • An 80-year tradition of academic excellence


AgResearch is one of New Zealand's leading research organisations. We work for the benefit of New Zealand, collaborating closely with industry partners to achieve the outcomes they need. Our science supports greater value, productivity and profitability for the dairy, meat and textiles industries while reducing their costs and environmental impact.

Landcare Research

Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research is New Zealand's foremost environmental research organisation specialising in sustainable management of land resources optimising primary production, enhancing biodiversity, increasing the resource efficiency of businesses, and conserving and restoring the natural assets of our communities.

Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research is a New Zealand-based science company formed in December 2008 through the merger of HortResearch and Crop & Food Research.
With over 900 staff based at sites across New Zealand as well as in Europe, the USA and Australia, Plant & Food Research provides research and development that adds value to fruit, vegetable, crop and food products.

Our research and commercial partnerships cover a broad spectrum of disciplines and industry sectors - from molecular biology to nutrigenomics, fresh fruit to high value seafood products. At the heart of Plant & Food Research is a goal to underpin the growth of plant and marine-based industry in New Zealand and offshore through the successful application and commercialisation of research-based innovation.

Our science in key areas including elite cultivar development, sustainable production systems and bioprotection supports the production of high quality produce that earns a premium in international markets, while our research into food science and the consumer drives the design and development of new and novel functional foods that offer benefits to human hetitleh and wellbeing.


Scion is a Crown Research Institute dedicated to building the international competitiveness of the New Zealand forest industry and building a stronger biobased economy. Our major research areas include:

  • Sustainable design: Providing new knowledge and technologies needed to achieve positive economic outcomes, resulting in the lowest environmental footprint and maximising social and cultural outcomes.
  • New forests and forest science: Driving innovation through diversification by developing ways to value, capture and enhance the benefits of existing and new forests.
  • Bioproduct development: Providing leadership in the delivery of research, science and technology that supports the establishment of new bioprocesses and bioproducts from renewable resources.