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Dr Ximena Schmidt

Dr Ximena Schmidt

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Ximena joined Brunel University London as Global Challenges Research Fellow in 2019. She aims to streghten her and the university's research and teaching collaborations and professional networks in the field of sustainable energy and food systems across the Global South. Ximena is a chemical engineer and life cycle sustainability expert  currently improving her skills in system modelling and data science. Her broader research interests relate to healthy, sustainable and afforadable diets and cooking, sustainable food production, suply chains and technologies, and circular economy. 

In addition to research, outreach is key in Ximena's activities. Behavioral change and awareness are critical for taking Ximena's research out of the academia and generate real impact. Hence, she has been involved in several research led - outreach activities and initaitves; currently, the main projects are TakeaBiteCC- Take a Bite out of Climate Chage and  GGDOT - Greenhouse Gas and Dietary choices Open Toolkit, transdisciplinary collaborations that aim to develop tools and engagement materials (e.g. games) to raise awareness  about the relationship (impacts) between our food choices and climate change. TakeaBiteCC AT HOME, is the latest project, a response to COVID-19.  


PhD. Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science - The University of Manchester, UK

BSc. Chemical Engineering - Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile

BSc. Engineering Science - - Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile

Newest selected publications

da Silva, JT., Fellegger Garzillo, JM., Rauber, F., Kluczkovski, A., Schmidt Rivera, X., da Cruz, GL., et al. (2021) 'Greenhouse gas emissions, water footprint, and ecological footprint of food purchases according to their degree of processing in Brazilian metropolitan areas: a time-series study from 1987 to 2018'. The Lancet Planetary Health, 5 (11). pp. e775 - e785. ISSN: 2542-5196 Open Access Link

Journal article

Armstrong, B., Reynolds, C., Martins, CA., Frankowska, A., Levy, RB., Rauber, F., et al. (2021) 'Food insecurity, food waste, food behaviours and cooking confidence of UK citizens at the start of the COVID-19 lockdown'. British Food Journal, 123 (9). pp. 2959 - 2978. ISSN: 0007-070X Open Access Link

Journal article

Ludlow, J., Jalil-Vega, F., Schmidt Rivera, X., Garrido, RA., Hawkes, A., Staffell, I. and et al. (2021) 'Organic waste to energy: Resource potential and barriers to uptake in Chile'. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 28. pp. 1522 - 1537. ISSN: 2352-5509

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Kluczkovski, A., Lait, R., Martins, CA., Reynolds, C., Smith, P., Woffenden, Z., et al. (2021) 'Learning in lockdown: Using the COVIDÔÇÉ19 crisis to teach children about food and climate change'. Nutrition Bulletin, 46 (2). pp. 206 - 215. ISSN: 1471-9827 Open Access Link

Journal article

Schmidt Rivera, XC., Balcombe, P. and Niero, M. (2021) 'Chapter 3. Life Cycle Assessment as a Metric for Circular Economy', inLife Cycle Assessment. Royal Society of Chemistry. pp. 54 - 80.

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