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Rachel’s international educational background fuses social science with quantitative methods by bridging Applied Social Psychology and environmental decision-making with Industrial Ecology. She has presented her novel assessment of the environmental impact and diffusion potential of Transition Towns in multiple countries, and has contributed scientific findings to the EU Horizon 2020 project ENERGISE: an innovative pan-European research initiative for greater scientific understanding of the social and cultural influences on energy consumption. As a sustainability consultant at a biodynamic Spanish winery, she assessed the annual carbon footprints and the environmental performance for the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), as well as led the company in “Wineries for Climate Protection,” a collaborative project seeking best practice solutions and international benchmarks for sustainability in oenology.
Rachel has experience designing reduction plans for company emissions, energy use, water management, and waste, which strategies and practices she intends to incorporate in her current focus at DRIFT: Waste FEW ULL. This project’s aim is to substantially reduce resource inefficiencies in the Food-Energy-Water nexus through Urban Living Labs across three continents: Europe, Africa and South America. Key activities include mapping resource flows and identifying critical dysfunctions, designing the most effective local response (e.g. policy intervention, technology diffusion), modelling the market and non-market economic value of each intervention; engaging with decision-makers to close each loop; and comparing and contrasting approaches in order to develop replicable models for use in cities around the world.