Dr Rocio A Diaz-Chavez is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Policy of Imperial College London and MSc tutor for the Distance learning MSc of the CeDEP at SOAS. Her research interests are on sustainability assessment (economic, environmental social and political/institutional) with application on renewable energy, particularly bioenergy projects, in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe, and integrated systems for producing food, fibre, fuel and fodder (including biorefineries) and climate change impacts.
She has extensive work and academic experience in sustainability assessment and environmental management tools (EIA, SEA, SIA) . She has collaborated on different EU FP funded projects including BEST (Bioethanol for sustainable Transport) and COMPETE (Energy Crops and Agroforestry Systems for Arid and Semi-arid Ecosystems – Africa) (2006-2009), Eubionet on solid biomass trade. She is currently working on the EU funded projects Biocore, Global-BioPact and AfriCAN as well as other projects on biomass residues in India, Tanzania, Colombia and the EU.
She collaborated developing indicators and guidelines for the FAO dlobal Bioenergy Partnership, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials and the ISO Bioenergy standard.
She received the SCOPE 2010 Young Scientist Award in Environmental Management.
et al., 2017, Status and prospects for renewable energy using wood pellets from the southeastern United States, Gcb Bioenergy, Vol:9, ISSN:1757-1693, Pages:1296-1305
et al., 2016, Sustainable Energy from agro-industrial wastewaters in Latin-America, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol:56, ISSN:1364-0321, Pages:1249-1262
Diaz-Chavez RA, 2016, Book Review: “Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services”, Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, ISSN:1464-3332