An industrial ecology perspective of the future of shale gas in the US

cristina madrid lopez

Yale University,

Dr. Cristina Madrid-Lopez holds a BSc in Environmental Science (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla), MSc in Economic History and Economic Institutions (UAB) and a PhD in Environmental Science and Technology (UAB).  Her research deals with the biophysical dependence of socio-ecological systems, with an emphasis on their water metabolism. Her approach to science combines both interdisciplinary quantitative qualitative techniques. She has participated in a number of international projects, -including EU and FAO funded- dealing with agricultural systems, virtual water and water footprint, environmental accounts, river basin management, water conflict resolution, the water-food-energy nexus, energy systems, etc. Currently, she is a Marie Curie researcher in ICTA and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies of Yale University. Her current research analyzes how sustainable fracking-extracted shale gas is in the US and if its exploitation is feasible, viable and desirable in Europe.


After two years of low world gas prices and high fossil fuel production, and the commitment of president Obama of reducing carbon emission in the oil and gas sector, the victory of Donald Trump and OPEP’s plans of curbing... [ view full abstract ]


  1. cristina madrid lopez (Yale University,)

Topic Areas

• Socio-economic metabolism and material flow analysis , • Food, energy, water, and nutrient material flows and footprints , • Decision support methods and tools


TS-20 » Energy-water nexus (15:30 - Tuesday, 27th June, Room E)

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