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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

Richards, M., Hussein, M., Schmidt Rivera, X., Bazzo, G., Hachoofwe, E., Munyaka, J. and et al. (2023) 'Research and Knowledge Exchange Across Borders: Building bridges, creating impact: a demonstration of effective practice'.Research and Knowledge Exchange Across Borders : 2023 Conference. Kitwe, Zambia. 21 - 22 September. [unpublished]

Conference paper

Estevez, A., Reynolds, C. and Schmidt, X. (2022) 'Food waste generation at the household level in Argentina. Identifying high waste foods and behaviours'.Summer Conference 2022. Sheffield, UK. 12 - 15 July. Cambridge University Press (CUP). pp. E177 - E177. ISSN: 0029-6651

Conference paper

Kluczkovski, A., Menezes, CA., Tereza da Silva, J., Bastos, L., Lait, R., Cook, J., et al. (2022) 'An Environmental and Nutritional Evaluation of School Food Menus in Bahia, Brazil That Contribute to Local Public Policy to Promote Sustainability'. Nutrients, 14 (7). pp. 1 - 20. ISSN: 2072-6643 Open Access Link

Journal article

Salemdeeb, R., Reynolds, C. and Schmidt Rivera, X. (2022) 'Environmental impacts of different waste to food approaches', in Smetana, S., Pleissner, D. and Zuin Zeidler, V. (eds.) Waste to Food: Returning nutrients to the food chain. Wageningen, NL : Wageningen Academic Publishers. pp. 209 - 233. ISBN 10: 90-8686-929-7. ISBN 13: 978-90-8686-377-8.

Book chapter

Tereza da Silva, J., Garzillo, JMF., Rauber, F., Kluczkovski, AMRG., Schmidt, X., da Cruz, GL., et al. (2021) 'Temporal Trends in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Water Footprint, and Ecological Footprint of Food Purchases in Brazilian Metropolitan Areas From 1987 to 2017'. SSRN Electronic Journal.

Journal article
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