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Blair Espinoza
Reina Maricela
Current position: 
Hydro Nation Policy Officer & Project Manager
Current nationality: 
Current residence: 
United Kingdom
The James Hutton Institute
Dr Blair is a policy adviser for S&T and R&D, applying her expertise and skills in academia and government to assist various triple helix R&D organisations for the advancement of research and innovation, knowledge management, S&T education, and international cooperation. She is an interdisciplinary professional with degrees in Environmental Studies & Anthropology (B.A., St. Lawrence University), Environmental sciences (MSc, University of Arkansas), Freshwater Systems Science (MSc, University of Glasgow), and Earth Sciences (PhD, University of Glasgow). Her PhD research was to describe and model the behaviour of microplastics in fresh- and wastewater systems and to inform policy, publishing her original work in three peer-reviewed journals before the end of her PhD. She has worked as Chief Science Officer creating the R&D Unit and developing institutional processes for the Ministry for Science, Technology and Innovation in Honduras; and later, was Adviser for S&T for the Government of Honduras. Currently, she is Policy Officer for the Scottish Government's Hydro Nation Strategy and also guest editor for a special issue on microplastics pollution in the journal Frontiers.
Sustainable Development Goals: 
6 - Clean water and sanitation
9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure
11 - Sustainable cities and communities
13 - Climate action
17 - Partnerships for the goals
Young Affiliate
policy adviser, scientific research, project management, strategic planning, foresight studies, water science, research and development
Affiliated from
Scientific field:
07-Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
TWAS Regional Office: 
TWAS Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Partner (TWAS-LACREP)
Last updated on 22/11/2022