Dr Rocio A Diaz-Chavez has BSc in Biology/Ecology in Mexico and holds a PhD on Sustainable Development Indicators from the University of Wales Aberystwyth in the UK. She has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Policy of Imperial College London since 2004. She acted as Deputy Director and Energy and Climate Change Programme Leader at the Stockholm Environment Institute Africa Centre from 2017 to 2022. Among other projects she co-coordinated the project “Bioenergy Strategy for East Africa” (BISEA).
Her research interests are on sustainability assessment and deployment of bioeconomy, bioenergy, land use and natural resources. She has focused her research on methodologies for socio-economic assessment and governance of different projects.
Dr Diaz-Chavez has extensive experience managing and coordinating research and implementation projects. She has worked in different regions including Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. She developed indicators for the Global Bioenergy Partnership from FAO. She acted as Chair of the Social Group of the Bioenergy Standard for the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). She was the co-chair of the International Energy Agency for the UK Task 40 (Biomass trading) 2012–2017. She received the SCOPE 2010 Young Scientist Award in Environmental Management for her work on indicators and standards.