Raul Velasco Fernandez

Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Technology , Master in Environmental Studies, Degree in sociology , Degree in Industrial Engineering

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    08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)


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Raúl Velasco-Fernández is a transdisciplinary scholar expert in the analysis of energy-society entanglements. His research focuses on the systemic relations between energy, time use, materials, and economic development. In more technical terms, that is the study of societal metabolism from a biophysical and multiscale perspective based on biophysical economics, complex system theory, and social practices. During the last years, he has developed different analytical tools within the Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal and Ecosystem Metabolism (MuSIASEM) accounting framework, such as the End-Use Matrix, and applied these to different case studies (China, the EU, USA and India). Building on technologies of humility, he is interested in the critical appraisal of ecomodernism narratives and how practice theory and metabolic studies can bring new ways of comprehending innovation and efficiency in the science-policy interface. He is also interested in analyzing wicked problems associated with sustainability issues, and in developing tools to analyze the metabolic patterns of non-commodified human activities from an intersectional perspective.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Technology , Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB)

Award Date: 31 Jul 2017

Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability

Award Date: 1 Jun 2012

Bachelor in Sociology, Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

Award Date: 1 Feb 2012

Industrial Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

Award Date: 31 Oct 2008

External positions

Researcher, Institut d'Estudis Regionals i Metropolitans de Barcelona (IERMB)

1 Nov 202031 Dec 2021


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