Degree completed in 2018.

Quantifying the energy consumption of the water use cycle


Academic Profile

Iliana is a doctoral student at the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute. She carried out her undergraduate degree at the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, graduating from the MEnvSci (Hons) in Environmental Sciences. She carried out her Masters in Climate Science and Policy at Columbia University's Earth Institute in New York City, where she also worked as a Research Assistant for both the Columbia Climate Centre, and the Centre for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN).

Before coming to Oxford, Iliana worked as a senior consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mexico City, where she worked directly with the Mexican Environment Ministry. Previously, she worked in the Environmental Statistics department at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) in New York City, and at the Environment Directorate of the European Commission in Brussels.

  • La Caixa Full Scholarship - 2014
  • Columbia University, Climate and Society Fellowship - 2011
  • University of Southampton, Trenchard Award - 2009

Current Research

Iliana's doctoral thesis investigates the connections between energy and water, in the context of climate change, and the challenges that this relationship presents for sustainable development. The specific objectives are to measure the energy consumption of the water use cycle, and examine the energy implications of technologies, strategies and policies to deliver enough water towards the future, in the face of climate change impacts, taking into account additional pressures such as per capita water demand growth, population, the need for transport, and regulation.

Current Teaching

Iliana is Teaching Assistant for the MSc in Environmental Change and Management 2014-2015, and is Course Animator for the Sustainable Responses to Environmental Change module, where she takes classes and reading groups on sustainability.