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Roberta Mutschler


Roberta Mutschler (B. Eng M.Sc) is Research Assistant in the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge, where she is doing two lines of research. One research focuses on embodied energy of low-income houses in East Africa. Specifically she is studying the embodied energy of burned brick constructions in order to find a cost-effective, environmentally friendly and socially accepted alternative material. The second research seeks to understand damp growth on solid walls after thermal refurbishment of traditional building in the UK.

Additionally, she works as a research assistant of the Smart Villages initiative, a project that aims to explore the opportunities and challenges for rural energy access for off-grid communities in developing countries.
Roberta was an executor of Merit360 Action Plan 001, the world's most significant program for young people to tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She worked for the SDG 8, decent work and economic growth and created a project to fight modern slavery in the fashion industry.

Originally from Chile, Roberta graduated in Industrial Civil Engineering from Diego Portales University in 2011. Right after her graduation she worked two years, first in a mining project as Project Engineer at MOSAQ Consultants, and later as Commercial Assistant Manager at Induelectro, a company of electrical solutions. After the experience in industry, she moved to England to continue with her studies. In 2014, Roberta completed a Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Engineering at the University of Nottingham. In 2015, Roberta Joined the University of Cambridge, and in 2016 the Smart Villages initiatives, which are now her current jobs.


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