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Patricia Oviedo Toral


Research Associate
Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies


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70174 Stuttgart


Her main research interests are related to sustainability assessment, socio-technical energy transitions, water-energy-food-poverty nexus, PV solar energy.

Oviedo Toral, L. P. ‘Scenario-based sustainability assessment’ of a solar energy transition in Mixteca-Puebla, Mexico. PhD dissertation 2023, August 10. Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). doi:10.5445/IR/1000161274

Oviedo-Toral, L.-P.; François, D. E.; Poganietz, W.-R. Challenges for Energy Transition in Poverty-Ridden Regions –The Case of Rural Mixteca, Mexico, Energies, 14 (9), 2596. doi:10.3390/en14092596

Fuss, M.; Francois, D. E.; Oviedo, P.; Poganietz, W.-R. Learning with case studies: scientific contributions and solutions applicable to water-Energy-food-waste Nexus in the Global South. 2023. 11th International Conference on Industrial Ecology (ISIE 2023), Leiden, Netherlands, July 2–5, 2023 (Poster presentation)

Presentation “Social drivers of a sustainable energy transition in rural regions (the case of Mixteca, Mexico)” in joint seminar Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia) and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), (December 2022)

Presentation (and proceedings): “Scenario building as a means to a successful social energy transition in rural Mixteca” at the 9th symposium CONACYT in Europe, Strasburg, France (online), (December 2020).

Energy-SHIFTS policy associate program European Union’s Horizon 2020 under the working group on “Transitioning from coal-based energy in Poland” and paper submitted “Can phase-out coal be sustainable and just in Poland?”, (2019-2020).

Patricia Oviedo studied Environmental Engineering in Mexico (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla). She conducted her doctoral research at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany.

Her PhD dissertation focused in the relevance of societal features on the structural energy system transformation. She conducted a comprehensive sustainability assessment of possible energy futures through the Cross-Impact Balance approach for a poverty ridden region in Central Mexico. Her research aimed to identify conditions that could lead to alleviating poverty in the case studied. The analysis considered the interaction of economic, technological, environmental, societal, political and cultural conditions under a sustainability perspective. For such purpose, her research proposed a framework called Scenario-based Sustainability Assessment.

She has joined the ZIRIUS team under the SyKonaS project.

Driven by a commitment to sustainable energy transformation, Patricia Oviedo's research delves into the complex interplay of economic, political, environmental, technological, and, crucially, social factors that shape our evolving energy systems. She leverages the Cross Impact Balance (CIB) as a central tool to analyze these interdependencies and potential future scenarios for a more sustainable energy future. Her work seeks to identify pathways for transition that prioritize long-term environmental well-being, economic viability, social equity, and political feasibility, ensuring a balanced and just approach to the energy transformation system for generations to come.

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