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Santiago is a Colombian who’s passionate about the relationship between people and its environment. He’s an anthropologist and environmental engineer from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, with a MSc in Sustainable Urban Management from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Using his own platform, SustainableSanti, Santiago has gathered international experience working as a freelancer and consultant in urban sustainable urban justice and project management.

He has presented his research and thoughts in conferences in 5 continents (not yet in Africa and Antarctica). He has been a member of organisations such as Engineers Without Borders, Transition UK, the 2050 Scotland’s Youth Climate Group, the Full Footprint, and the Circular Economy Club among others. Today he is a member of the International Sustainable Development Research Society and the International Society for Industrial Ecology.
He also likes to think he brings some of that Colombian magical realism with him wherever he goes.

Theme of research

His doctoral research focuses on the qualitative analysis of the connection between Industrial Ecology and territorial sustainability in France. His aim is to capture the benefits of French Industrial Ecology practices and mobilise them to generate more resilient urban sustainable strategies able to respond to the environmental, social, economic and cultural challenges present in a given territory.


Industrial Ecology, Circular Economy, Environmental Justice, Community-based Participatory Research, Urban Sustainability


Santiago is part of the ITN-CRESTING “Circular Economy: sustainability implications and guiding progress”. The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 765198.

Cresting website: www.cresting.hull.ac.uk