Daniel Avila Ortega

PhD Candidate

Daniel Avila Ortega is a joint PhD candidate between the Global Economic Dynamics and Biosphere programme (GEDB) and Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.

Daniel is conducting his PhD within the research project The Economics of Planetary Boundaries, led by Uppsala University. In this project the aim is to explore which policies would keep humanity within the planet’s safe operating space while meeting other Sustainable Development Goals. The interdisciplinary research team, consisting of economists and environmental scientists, will develop and quantify an economic-environmental integrated assessment model (IAM) for the analysis of the nine planetary pressures and policies to ease them. Daniel’s current work relates to assessing the different biodiversity metrics and their relationship with the Planetary Boundaries framework and top-selected criteria by ecologists, such that these metrics reflect the contributions of biodiversity to the economic system. In addition, he works to further integrating Earth System and Integrated Assessment Models for better policy-making and future scenarios.

Daniel holds a Joint Master in Science in Industrial Ecology from Leiden University and TU Delft, from the Netherlands and a Postgraduate Certification in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management from Michigan State University, United States. He co-founded the Mexican Center of Industrial Ecology and Comuna Energia, to contribute to rapid decarbonization in Mexico. He has collaborated on various worldwide assessments on Circular Economy, and largely contributed to deep-decarbonization scenarios and pathways for big corporations with top international consultancies.

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