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Adriana Gomez Sanabria

Research Scholar

Pollution Management Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program


Adriana Gomez-Sanabria joined IIASA in June 2015 and is currently a research scholar jointly associated with the Pollution Management and Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions research groups in the Energy, Climate, and Environment Program. She has expanded the existing waste and wastewater sector in the GAINS model to explicitly quantify material and energy flows. She simulates various policy interventions based on the Circular Economy Framework targeted at reducing the environmental impacts resulting from waste and wastewater (greenhouse gas, air, and water pollution) as a consequence of society's metabolism.

Gomez-Sanabria has a BSc and an MSc in Environmental and Health Engineering from La Salle University, Colombia, as well as an MSc in Forestry from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria. She is in the process of finalizing her PhD at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences at the Institute of Social Ecology in Austria. Her research focuses on evaluating the environmental co-benefits of implementing global circular waste and wastewater management systems.

Her previous experiences include positions as an environmental engineer in the field of air quality and treatment of hazardous waste in Colombia and working at a recognized NGO (Natura Foundation) on a REDD project with the Environmental Ministry and other governmental institutions in Colombia. She also carried out research work on illicit crop monitoring in Colombia (internship at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)) followed by an internship on Data Science at the Institute for Ubiquitous Meteorology (UBIMET), where she was involved in ArcGIS, data management, and statistical data analysis. She also worked as consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the field of crop-water productivity.

Last update: 17 JUN 2021