I define myself as Andalusian, even if I was born in the industrial Puertollano (Castilla-La Mancha, Spain) and during the last 11 years I have lived in Barcelona, Enschede (The Netherlands), London (UK) and, as of today, New Haven (USA).
I hold a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Pablo de Olavide (Seville), a MSc in Economic Institutions and Economic History (specialization in Ecological Economics) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona‘s Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA). I also completed my PhD in Ecological Economics and Environmental Management at ICTA under the supervision of Mario Giampietro, Jesús Ramos-Martín and Vicent Alcántara.
Currently I am a Marie Curie Fellow working at Yale University’s Center for Industrial Ecology, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; and at ICTA’s Integrated Assessment research group (IASTE).
My research interests are related to the interactions between the human and the natural systems. There are different names for that, like Social Ecology, Industrial Ecology, Ecological Economics or Biophysical Economics among others. Mostly I am interested in the study of complex phenomena that are important for the development of the societies and which are connected to the development of the environment.
I started my research career working on the analysis of virtual water and the water footprint. Using the concept of Social Metabolism and Complex Systems Theory, I defined the Water Metabolism of SocioEcosystems, a MuSIASEM based framework for the analysis of complex water issues that supports Integrated Water Resources Management. Now my research has evolved towards the analysis of the nexus between water, food and energy security and in how this “Nexus Approach” can be brought to decision makers. You can see publications and projects related to these trends in this website.
In between January 2015 and December 2017 I am developing the project “Integrated Analysis of the Nexus: the case of hydraulic fracturing” (IANEX), funded by the European Commission. The aim is to develop a methodology for the integrated analysis of the Nexus in hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) that can help the EC and Europeans to take better informed decisions about the implementation if this technology for gas and oil extraction. Please check the page of the IANEX project (under construction, sorry, estimated by end of July 2015).
I find teaching is one of the most enriching parts of academic life. I taught the course of Introduction to Economics for the BSc in Environmental Science at UAB for four years and developed some material you can find in the teaching materials page.