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Neus Escobar

Guest Research Scholar

Integrated Biosphere Futures Research Group

Biodiversity and Natural Resources


Neus Escobar joined the IIASA Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) Program as a research scholar in October 2020. She works on the integration of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) principles into the Global Biosphere Management Model (GLOBIOM) for the estimation of market-mediated impacts of biofuels, including emissions from land use and land-use change. She also contributes to quantitative analyses for policymaking in the context of the H2020 project ALTERNATE and other bioeconomy related projects in the Integrated Biosphere Futures (IBF) Research Group.

Prior to joining IIASA, Neus Escobar was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Food and Resource Economics (ILR) and the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), both at the University of Bonn, Germany. She carried out inter-disciplinary research to assess the global impacts and land-use spillovers of bio-based technologies by combining Computable General Equilibrium modeling and other tools that capture competition for land between food, feed, fuel, and fiber uses.

Neus Escobar is an Agricultural Engineer by training, with a major in environmental and natural resource management. She holds a PhD in Food Science, Technology, and Management from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, with an International PhD Mention. During her PhD, she was a visiting research scholar both at the Center for Global Trade Analysis at Purdue University, Indiana, United States, and the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece. Her PhD dissertation assessed the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of biodiesel consumption in Spain under both attributional and consequential life cycle approaches. Her research focuses on the sustainability evaluation of agri-food production systems by considering trade-mediated telecouplings, agricultural expansion-intensification dynamics, and circularity along supply chains in the framework of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Last update: 13 OCT 2021


Kokemohr, L., Escobar Lanzuela, N. , Mertens, A., Mosnier, C., Pirlo, G., Veysset, P., & Kuhn, T. (2022). Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of European beef production systems based on a farm-level optimization model. Journal of Cleaner Production 379 e134552. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.134552.

Paris Minetto Gellert, J., Falkenberg, T., Nöthlings, U., Heinzel, C., Borgemeister, C., & Escobar, N. (2022). Corrigendum to “Changing dietary patterns is necessary to improve the sustainability of Western diets from a One Health perspective” [Sci. Total Environ. 811 (2022)/151437]. Science of The Total Environment 840 e156616. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.156616.

Escobar Lanzuela, N. , Bautista, I., Peña, N., Fenollosa, M.L., Osca, J.M., & Sanjuán, N. (2022). Life Cycle Thinking for the environmental and financial assessment of rice management systems in the Senegal River Valley. Journal of Environmental Management 310 e114722. 10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.114722.

Paris, J.M.G., Falkenberg, T., Nöthlings, U., Heinzel, C., Borgemeister, C., & Escobar Lanzuela, N. (2022). Changing dietary patterns is necessary to improve the sustainability of Western diets from a One Health perspective. Science of the Total Environment 811 e151437. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.151437.

Stark, S., Biber-Freudenberger, L., Dietz, T., Escobar Lanzuela, N. , Förster, J.J., Henderson, J., Laibach, N., & Börner, J. (2022). Sustainability implications of transformation pathways for the bioeconomy. Sustainable Production and Consumption 29 215-225. 10.1016/j.spc.2021.10.011.