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Dr Ximena Schmidt
Senior Lecturer

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Ximena joined Brunel University London in 2019 as Global Challenges Research Fellow working at the Institute of Energy Futures. Since then she has been  develop international research collaborations in the fields of sustainable food systems. Ximena is a life cycle sustainability expert and currently developing data science and system modelling skills. Her broader research interests relate to sustainable food supply chains and technologies, circular economy and waste valorization, and sustainable food consumption, including diets and cooking.

In 2021, Ximena moved to the Chemical Engineering department where is currently integrating her research on sustainability and life cycle thinking in the undergraduate and post-gradute curricula while continuing her research. She is module leader of Process Design (CL3602), Design project (CL3605) and Sustainability and Environmental Engineering (CL5656).

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

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Oakden, L., Bridge, G., Armstrong, B., Reynolds, C., Wang, C., Panzone, L., et al. (2021) 'The Importance of Citizen Scientists in the Move Towards Sustainable Diets and a Sustainable Food System'. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 5. pp. 1 - 9.Open Access Link

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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

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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 Open Access Link

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Bridge, G., Armstrong, B., Reynolds, C., Wang, C., Schmidt Rivera, X., Kause, A., et al. (2021) 'Engaging citizens in sustainability research: comparing survey recruitment and responses between Facebook, Twitter and qualtrics'. British Food Journal, 123 (9). pp. 3116 - 3132. ISSN: 0007-070X Open Access Link

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