Imperial College London

DrFranciscoRosillo Calle

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Casual - Academic Professional



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703Weeks BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






  • 1945. Malaga, Spain


  • PhD. (Biological Sciences and Policy), University of Aston , 1985
  • MSc., Science and Technology Policy, University of Aston , 1981
  • BA (Hons.) University of Portsmouth , 1979

Key Experience

  • 30+ years research experience in biomass energy and related areas (biomass research assessment, biofuels, technical, socio-economic, and environmental implications of biomass energy, agriculture, bioenergy and food security .
  • Working on EU funded Projects on Biomass Energy since early 1990s
  • Consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation''s Global Environmental Leadership Programme, 1991-1992
  • Consultant in biomass energy for over 30 years (e.g. BUN, FAO, The Beijer Institute/SEI, UNDPCSD, Shell International, WEC, OTA of the US Congress, DTI, SOPAC-South Pacific Applied Geo-science Commission, etc)

Key areas of interest

  • Biomass resource assessment, biomass energy (production, conversion and use, biofuels), agriculture, biofuels and food security implications


  • January 2010- till date: Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP) 
  • May 2003- 2009: Research Fellow, CEP, Imperial College London
  • 2002 – April 2003 : Visiting Academic, ICEPT, ImperialCollegeLondon
  • 1986 - Sept 2002: Division of Life Sciences, KingsCollegeLondon (KCL)
  • 1993-2002: Research Fellow, KingsCollegeLondon
  • 1986-1993: Research Associate, KingsCollegeLondon
  • 1986- date: Coordinator and Secretary of the BUN (Biomass Users Network)
  • 1985- date: Consultant in biomass energy


  • Member of the Editorial Board of the “Revista Brasileira de Bioenergia”
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Journal "Biomassa e Energia" (Red Nacional de Biomassa para Energia (RENABIO), University of Visca, MG, Brazil Sao Paulo , Brazil
  • Editorial advisor of the Journal of Technology Management  for Growing Economies,, India


  • UK Representative of the IEA Bioenergy Task 40 (see
  • Coordinator of a British Council/CESPES project in Brazil- Kings College London (KCL)/BUN, 1996-1999
  • Coordinator of British Council, KCL- Jos University , Nigeria , Higher Education Exchange, 1999-2002

International taught courses

  • Taught biomass energy-related subjects to PhD and MSc level at various universities (Universities of Campinas and Manaus, Brazil; King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonbury, Bangkok, Thailand; and Basque Country (Bilbao), Oviedo and Vigo, Spain)
  • Supervisor of MSc and PhD students



Strapasson A, Woods J, Chum H, et al., 2017, On the global limits of bioenergy and land use for climate change mitigation, Global Change Biology Bioenergy, Vol:9, ISSN:1757-1693, Pages:1721-1735

Rosillo-Calle F, 2016, A review of biomass energy-shortcomings and concerns, Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Vol:91, ISSN:0268-2575, Pages:1933-1945

Paredes-Sanchez JP, Garcia-Elcoro VE, Rosillo-Calle F, et al., 2016, Assessment of forest bioenergy potential in a coal-producing area in Asturias (Spain) and recommendations for setting up a Biomass Logistic Centre (BLC), Applied Energy, Vol:171, ISSN:0306-2619, Pages:133-141

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