Jimena Alvarez

PhD student


Jimena holds an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and a BEng and MEng from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires, Argentina. After graduating as an Engineer, she worked for almost seven years at C-level on economic and financial strategic planning at the Techint Group were she further developed strong analytical skills and expertise on business, economics and finance. While working full-time, she was also a teaching assistant at the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires on two modules: “Simulation” and “Operations Research”. She was later invited to be a lecturer on the “Engineering and Climate Change” seminar and a member of the Commission on Environment and Sustainable Development of the Centre of Argentine Engineers.

In 2012 she started her MPhil at Cambridge which focussed on methods and approaches to deal with complexity, uncertainty, change, whole-life costs and trade-offs when approaching engineering problems from a sustainability perspective. She was awarded a Distinction for her thesis Economics of climate change: the social cost of carbon from the RCP scenarios. After completing her MPhil she worked as a research associate on a project quantifying the climate risk for fossil fuel companies with the University of Cambridge.

Jimena then started her PhD on the ICE-ARC project at Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. She recently transferred her PhD to Lancaster University following her research group’s move. As part of the ICE- ARC project, she is studying the global economic implications of Arctic change in order to aid policy decision-making. In particular, assessing if and how integrated assessment models can be useful in order to compute the economic implications resulting from Arctic change.