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Dr Ximena Schmidt

Dr Ximena Schmidt
Research Fellow II - Global Challenges

Elliott Jaques 087c


Ximena has recently joined Brunel University London as Global Challenges Research Fellow working at the Institute of Energy Futures. She is looking to expand her international research and networks in the fields of sustainable energy and food systems. Ximena is a life cycle sustainability expert and is currently improving her skills in system modelling. Her broader research interests relate to sustainable food supply chains and technologies, sustainable diets, circular economy and waste valorization. 

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 projects; currently, the main project is GGDOT - Greenhouse Gas and Dietary choices Open Toolkit (, a transdisciplinary collaboration that aims to develop tools and activities (e.g. games) to raise awareness about the relationship (impacts) between our food choices and climate change. 


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

Richards, M., Schmidt, X., Paterson, S., Martin, O., Sam, S., Syampungani, S., et al. (2020) 'The ESKE Project : a South-North educational and knowledge exchange framework to enhance food security and livelihoods'. [Poster] Exhibited at. 8th World Sustainability Forum 15 9 2020


Schmidt, X. (2020) 'Convenience versus sustainability'. Food Science and Technology, 34 (3). pp. 30 - 33. ISSN: 1475-3324 Open Access Link

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Armstrong, B., Bridge, G., Oakden, L., Reynolds, C., Wang, C., Panzone, LA., et al. (2020) 'Piloting Citizen Science Methods to Measure Perceptions of Carbon Footprint and Energy Content of Food'. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 4.Open Access Link

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Kluczkovski, A., Cook, J., Downie, HF., Fletcher, A., McLoughlin, L., Markwick, A., et al. (2020) 'Interacting with members of the public to discuss the impact of food choices on climate change-experiences from two UK public engagement events'. Sustainability (Switzerland), 12 (6). pp. 1 - 21. ISSN: 2071-1050 Open Access Link

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Schmidt Rivera, XC., Gallego-Schmid, A., Najdanovic-Visak, V. and Azapagic, A. (2020) 'Life cycle environmental sustainability of valorisation routes for spent coffee grounds: From waste to resources'. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 157. pp. 104751 - 104751. ISSN: 0921-3449 Open Access Link

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