Paula Bustos is ICREA Research Professor at IPEG, Research Fellow at the European Economic Association and the CEPR and Co-editor at the Journal of International Economics. She obtained her PhD in Economics at Harvard University and her Bachelor Degree at Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Argentina. Her first line of research investigated the effects of trade liberalization on technology adoption and the skill composition of exporting firms. A second research line studies the effects of new agricultural technologies, such as GM crops, on structural transformation. More recently, she is investigating the effects of climate change on labor and capital flows in developing countries. Her research has been funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council in 2017.
ICREA es una comunidad en expansión. Cada año, nuevos catedráticos de investigación se incorporan a nuestra institución tras la convocatoria Sénior. Esta es la lista de las incorporaciones más recientes. Desde aquí queremos darles una calurosa bienvenida a la comunidad de ICREA: ¡Bienvenidos!
I am a climate scientist, and my research focuses on understanding and predicting how extreme climate events such as heatwaves, heavy rainfall and storms will change in the coming years and decades. This involves studying weather and climate processes that drive or amplify such extreme events, and how they are affected by climate variability and long-term climate change related to global warming. I also study the feasibility of land-based approaches to mitigate climate change by removing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and how these mitigation approaches are affected by climate-related risks. I implement my research at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, where I co-lead the Climate Prediction Group - a research group currently consisting of 20 postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and technical support staff.
María’s research combines electrochemistry, materials science and in situ characterisation to elucidate design principles for the discovery and development of novel electrocatalysts for renewable energy conversion and storage. Her work involves engineering the structure of the catalytically active sites at the atomic level, developing advanced nanomaterials, and gaining a mechanistic understanding of relevant reactions for the production of sustainable fuels and chemicals. She has received numerous awards at international and national levels in recognition of her groundbreaking research. In 2022, she has been awarded a ERC Consolidator Grant (2023-2028) for her project ‘ATOMISTIC’ to investigate atomic-scale tailored materials for electrochemical methane activation and conversion into valuable liquid fuels such as methanol.
Ciska Kemper is an astrophysicist, working in an interdisciplinary research area, connecting with chemistry, solid state physics and mineralogy. She is interested in the formation and processing of mineral dust grains in space. She uses ground- and space-based infrared and submillimetre facilities to observe the characteristic signature of different mineralogical components of interstellar dust. She currently focuses on the crystallization and amorphization of silicates. Measuring the crystalline fraction of interstellar silicates can reveal the thermal processing history of the dust grains, as the dust provides a record of the physical conditions it has experienced. She is also interested in silicate nanoclusters, which represent the intermediate phase between the molecular gas and bulk silicate material. With the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope and upcoming capabilities of ground-based millimeter telescopes, detecting this missing link is becoming possible.
Rachel’s research involves modelling the impact of environmental change on infectious disease epidemics, to inform disease control and prevention strategies. She has published high impact research on modelling climate-sensitive disease risk, with a focus on integrating seasonal climate forecasts in dengue early warning systems in the Americas and Southeast Asia. She is the Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown in Europe, a transdisciplinary collaboration tracking progress on health and climate change. In 2018, she won the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD) Water Award for Research, in recognition of the quality of her research on the linkages between hydrometeorological extremes and dengue outbreaks and the multi-sectoral relevance for policy and practice.
My research is inspired by nature and uses its design principles to create materials that seamlessly interface with living matter to develop new paradigms for biomaterials and biomedicine. I focus on introducing new concepts for biointerfaces and “quasi-living” synthetic cells that can harbor selective interactions with cells and tissues. These synthetic cells will enable biologically inspired but augmented or even completely new functions to open new horizons for biomedicine, sensing, and therapeutics. Moreover, this research holds promise to unveil some of the most daunting questions related to the origin of life, the transition from inanimate to living, and the emergence of diseases.
Leticia Tarruell is an experimental physicist. She uses ultracold (nanokelvin) atomic gases to synthesize artificial quantum matter and investigate the properties of quantum many-body systems. Her research thus lies at the crossing between quantum optics and condensed-matter physics. Currently, she is particularly interested in the investigation of unconventional superfluid phases, such as ultradilute quantum liquids, chiral Bose-Einstein condensates and topological superfluids, in mixtures of quantum gases in the continuum (ERC Consolidator grant 2021-2026), and in the microscopic study of quantum magnetism with large spin Fermi gases in optical lattices.