Rafael Mauricio Eufrasio Espinosa

Management School

Research Associate

Rafael Eurasio.
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Rafael is an interdisciplinary researcher enthusiastic about sustainable supply chains for carbon removal, modelling, and mitigation. He holds a BA and MA from Mexico and a DPhil degree from the University of Sheffield in the UK.

His doctoral research focused on the Spatial-Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of building materials, considering bioregional approaches in Mexico. Traditional LCA results can be difficult to interpret and present limitations as communication tools for decision-making. To address this, Rafael developed Spatial Life Cycle Modelling based on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as a communication tool to improve our understanding of environmental impacts by identifying hotspots in thematic maps.

Originally from Mexico, he previously worked as an architectural practitioner and urban planner.

Research interests

Rafael also has broader interests in topics such as resource scarcity, supply chain resilience, circular economy, and their integration through new AI analysis techniques.



Enhanced Rock Weathering (ERW)

As a Research Associate at The Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M), Rafael's activities involve Spatial, Techno-economic, and Life Cycle
analysis to study the suitability, economic cost, and impact of Enhanced Rock Weathering (ERW) as a technology for carbon dioxide removal. He evaluates the environmental impacts of the potential large-scale deployment of ERW, considering different energy policy scenarios and supply chains in each country. This includes forecasting energy systems and multimodal transport networks.