Viviana López Hernández
Viviana López Hernández
Viviana López Hernández

Viviana López Hernández

Researcher
Sustainable Products & Material Flows

Special Expertise

Main areas of research:

  • Sustainable food systems and material use of biogenic raw materials
  • Sustainable products and consumption

Topics:

  • Food Systems and industrial food production
  • Evaluation of products and processes
  • Eco-labelling and sustainable public procurement
  • Socio-ecological transformation processes

Methods:

  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Social network analysis (SNA)
  • Life cycle costing (LCC)
  • Transdisciplinary sustainability research

Key Projects

  • Together for environmentally sound consumption – information, communication and international cooperation
  • Transforming production and consumption patterns by strengthening eco-labelling and green public procurement in five Asian countries
  • Criteria development and revision for the Blue Angel for textiles
  • Scientific monitoring of 100 green productions as part of the sustainability initiative of the working group ‘Green Shooting’
  • Sustainable utilization of resources – requirements for a sustainable bio-based economy as part of the implementation of Agenda 2030/SDGs
  • Voluntary certification scheme for waste treatment (CEWASTE) – Horizon 2020
  • Development of innovative processes and formulations for Upcycling of PET bottles and recycled blisters for high-quality technical plastic applications

Professional Training and Career

  • Since 2019: Researcher at Öko-Institut, Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division 
  • 2016-2018: Research Assistant at Chair of Environmental Governance, University of Freiburg
  • 2015-2017: Master of Science in Environmental Governance, University of Freiburg
  • 2013-2015: Sustainability Professional at Gaia Servicios Ambientales, Medellín, Colombia
  • 2012-2013: Business Development Analyst at Ecoflora S.A.S., Medellin, Colombia
  • 2012: Academic semester abroad, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fé, Argentina
  • 2007-2013: Bachelor of Science in Process Engineering, Universidad EAFIT Medellín, Colombia

Language Skills

Spanish (mother tongue), English, German, Portuguese