Jorge Gomez-Paredes


Jorge Gomez-Paredes

Yachay Tech University, Ecuador

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment

Earth & Ocean Sciences Division


Gomez-Paredes is Managing Director, United Nations’ “Sustainable Development Solutions Network -- Andean Region" and also a lecturer and researcher of sustainability science.

His work is focused on the implementation of the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To this end, he works on promoting collaboration across organizations and building support for projects that advance the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This often involves assembling and coordinating multidisciplinary work teams, and assisting in planning and project management processes, as well as in fundraising.
His research fits within the fields of ecological economics, industrial ecology, and socio-environmental ethics, being particularly related to natural resources and human labor, as well as with net energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions analyses. He has combined statistical tools and Input-Output models to evaluate GHG reduction targets based on energy efficiency, considering consumption patterns and the Jevons Paradox. With a similar approach, he has assessed the total (direct and indirect) use of natural resources (e.g. water) along value chains. He has also applied Input-Output analysis to develop “social footprints” (e.g., labor footprints), which in combination with similar environmental indicators (“environmental footprints”) allow for a more complete analysis of the socio-environmental implications of economic structures, and constitute useful inputs to Life Cycle Sustainability Assessments.
He is interested in developing and applying macro-economic models to evaluate sustainable (or unsustainable) consumption and production, and how changes in consumption and production patterns modify an economy’s socio-ecological metabolism. He is also interested in developing socio-environmental metrics and indicators suited to new socio-economic paradigms and to assess progress in the UN SDGs.

area(s) of expertise

Energy Socio-environmental Sciences

contact information


PhD, Energy Science, Kyoto University, 2015
MS, Energy Science, Kyoto University, 2012

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