Education

2014 - 2018. PhD in Sustainable Development, James Hutton Institute and University of Dundee, Scotland UK; CSIRO, Australia. 

Thesis title: 'Sustainable development: Why is it not delivering on its promises?'

Interdisciplinary project that studied what combination of socio-economic and governance factors hinder sustainable development under the current economic system/paradigm. Conceptual and empirical models built for different countries, which (1) examine the impact of conflicts between economic forces (e.g. banks, corporations) and conservation forces (environmental governance and policies) on natural capital, and (2) explore future sustainable scenarios showing win-win economic, environmental contexts. 

2013 - 2014. Master's by Research (MRes) in Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews, Scotland UK

Interdisciplinary master's programme focused on learning and examining potential paths for a societal transformation towards sustainability. Master Dissertation with Distinction awarded. Modules included: Interrogating Sustainable Development; Master Class in Sustainable Development; Economics for the Environment, Development and the Environment, Public Policy and the Environment, Environmental History.

2007 - 2011. Bachelor's Degree (BSc) in Environmental Sciences, University of the Basque Country, Vitoria, Spain

Interdisciplinary degree focused on environmental problem solving. Knowledge and practical experience gained on addressing complex environmental issues and providing potential solutions from different perspectives (e.g. climate change, resource depletion, biodiversity loss, food insecurity). Modules included: ecological economics; land use planning; ecology; waste, water and air contamination; environmental impacts assessment; environmental sociology; among others.

 

Employment history

2016 (6 months). Research Placement, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Cairns, QLD, Australia.

Research Assistant in an environmental project focused on analysing the impacts on sustainability indicators (e.g. biodiversity, food production, climate change) of different future socio-economic scenarios in the Wet Tropics of Queensland.

2016. Scientific Grant Panel member, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland UK

Member of a panel awarding small grants for PhD students at the James Hutton Institute, UK. Grants focused on covering expenses for conferences, field-work, lab-work, among others. 

2016. Teaching Assistant, University of Dundee, Scotland UK

Demonstrator at 1st and 2nd year BSc courses in environmental-related modules. Themes included: climate change and global negotiations, low-carbon economies, deforestation, and GIS. Encouraging and assisting students in solving subject specific problems and answering related questions.

2012 - 2013 (6 months). Environmental Auditor, Enviros s.r.o., Prague, Czech Republic

Member of an audit team, responsible for performing environmental and energy audits for national and international companies. Tasks included: assessment of waste water and water supply, soil contamination, air pollution and energy efficiency. Outcomes: I proposed and got accepted a project focused on expanding Enviros’ operations in Spain.

2011 - 2012 (9 months). Research Assistant, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland UK

Responsible for the field-work, lab-work and data analysis in different ecological projects. Ourcomes: contract extension.

2011 (2 months). Environmental Volunteer, Archelon NGO, Crete, Greece

Environmental conservation. Task included: on site animal conservation (e.g. daily monitoring, data collection); public talks focused on raising environmental awareness among local communities and tourists.

2010 (3 months). Internship, Natural Sciences Museum, Barcelona, Spain

Internship focused on learning about local plant and animal biodiversity conservation. Participated in events (public talks) focused on raising environmental awareness among the local population.