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About Patricia Villarrubia-Gómez
Patricia Villarrubia-Gómez
Plastic Pollution Expert
Phone: +47 469 39 860

Born by the Mediterranean Sea in Spain and growing up seeing the north African coastline every day, I have always been fascinated by the ocean and how it connects people and cultures of all backgrounds.

I am an environmental scientist by training and studied social-ecological resilience for sustainable development at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC). My MSc thesis focused on analysing how key experts perceived the social-ecological processes involved in marine plastic pollution in relation to the planetary boundary framework. In collaboration with GRID-Arendal, this work resulted in publishing the paper “Marine plastic pollution as a planetary boundary threat - the drifting piece in the sustainability puzzle”.

After my MSc I worked as a Research Assistant at SRC and in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and H&M, I contributed to a project where we explored the links between circular economy within the textile industry, and the planetary boundaries framework. I was also part of SRC’s scientific team for the Keystone Dialogue and the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) initiative. My role was to provide SeaBOS companies with the latest knowledge on the impacts of marine plastic pollution, and innovative initiatives and recommendations on potential ways to decrease inputs and impacts of plastics to the oceans.

As a Plastic Pollution Expert at GRID-Arendal I now have the opportunity to work with governments and organisations around the world to build capacity and raise awareness on marine plastic pollution. 

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