Macarena Beltran is a Research Assistant and is part of the research team of the Sustainable Production and Consumption cluster at the Centre for Business in Society (CBiS). Dr Beltran has a vested interest in sustainability-related research and its diverse impact on academia and society. She is an engineer by education and has a strong background in socio-technical research and statistical techniques, including factor and cluster analysis. She has applied these techniques, amongst others in addressing sustainability issues in energy demand. Her PhD focused on integrating technical evidence from sensors, meter readings and social data from occupants to understand how the interactions of physical and occupants’ behavioural factors intervene in the energy demand in retrofit projects. She was able to challenge the conventional physics-based and economic approaches to retrofit, proposing a socio-technical approach instead to study the rebound and saturation effect. She did her PhD with the collaboration (funding) of the council association Your Homes Newcastle and the Institute of Sustainability at Newcastle University.
She has also experience working as an Impact & Evaluation officer at the University of East London, researching different education-related projects funded by the Office for Students. Besides, she has worked with private companies such as financial companies and steel companies; some of the projects include the evaluation of the supply chain of self-build products and behavioural patterns.
Dr Beltran also holds an MA in Planning and Environment Research at the University of Newcastle, a Master in Marketing and Business at IEDE, Industrial Engineering and Bachelor in Science at Universidad de Santiago, Chile.