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Jimena Alvarez

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Jimena Alvarez


Jimena holds an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and a BEng and MEng from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires, Argentina. After graduating as an Engineer, she worked for almost seven years at C-level on economic and financial strategic planning at the Techint Group were she further developed strong analytical skills and expertise on business, economics and finance. While working full-time, she was also a teaching assistant at the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires on two modules: “Simulation” and “Operations Research”. She was later invited to be a lecturer on the “Engineering and Climate Change” seminar and a member of the Commission on Environment and Sustainable Development of the Centre of Argentine Engineers.

In 2012 she started her MPhil at Cambridge which focussed on methods and approaches to deal with complexity, uncertainty, change, whole-life costs and trade-offs when approaching engineering problems from a sustainability perspective. She was awarded a Distinction for her thesis Economics of climate change: the social cost of carbon from the RCP scenarios. After completing her MPhil she worked as a research associate on a project quantifying the climate risk for fossil fuel companies with the University of Cambridge. Her MEng thesis (ITBA) “Environmental impact of medium- sized cars using Life Cycle Assessment” analysed the impact of incorporating hybrid vehicles to the national fleet and was awarded the prize “Best thesis of the year”.

Jimena then started her PhD on the ICE-ARC project at Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. She transferred her PhD to Lancaster University following her research group’s move. Her research focuses on assessing the role of integrated assessment models (IAM) as a tool to quantify the potential economic implications from Arctic change and to use the economic findings as a starting point for assessing policy options. During 2018- 2020 she joined Project Drawdown as a Fellow working on the Land Use and Oceans sectors.

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