A. (Amanda) Martinez Reyes


Amanda is a PhD researcher whose focus is on energy justice and the inclusion of underrepresented groups in the decision-making process of energy transitions. She is a member of the Energy Transition Lab of the Faculty Technology, Policy and Management and a Work Package co-lead at the H2020 TIPPING PLUS project. This project studies energy transitions with researchers and practitioners in coal and carbon-intensive regions from Europe, Asia, Australia, and America.

Amanda is passionated about participatory and interdisciplinary research on sustainability science. She has performed research in nano-electronics; interdisciplinary (economic, social, technological, and environmental) assessment of community energy projects; decision-making under uncertainty; and social perception of geothermal energy. Her collaboration network expands across Latin America, North America, Europe, and Asia.


In her PhD, Amanda studies with whose participation, what interventions, what capacities, and under which pathways would a carbon-intensive region shift toward low-carbon and just futures. As part of her PhD, Amanda is a member and co-lead at the consortium Tipping Plus, a H2020 project, in which researchers and societal organizations analyze 20+ regions across the world. She studies the role of diverse stakeholders and governance institutions in the shaping of just energy transitions at a regional level. When analyzing alternative energy pathways, Amanda includes the perceptions of energy justice, local needs, and opportunities. She then, draws future scenarios and pathways with the participation of stakeholders.

  • Master’s degree in Energy Science and Technology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich
  • Bachelors’ degree in Nanotechnology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Journal publications

  • Vargas-Payera, S., Martínez-Reyes, A., Ejderyan, O., 2020. Factors and dynamics of the social perception of geothermal energy: Case study of the Tolhuaca exploration project in Chile. Geothermics 88, 101907.. doi:10.1016/j.geothermics.2020.101907
  • Bayrak, T., Martinez-Reyes, A., Arce, D.D.R., Kelling, J., Samano, E.C., Erbe, A., 2021. Fabrication and temperature-dependent electrical characterization of a C-shape nanowire patterned by a DNA origami. Scientific Reports 11.. doi:10.1038/s41598-021-81178-8
  • Brown, S., Majikes, J., Martínez, A., Girón, T.M., Fennell, H., Samano, E.C., Labean, T.H., 2015. An easy-to-prepare mini-scaffold for DNA origami. Nanoscale 7, 16621–16624.. doi:10.1039/c5nr04921k

Conference publications

  • Martinez Reyes, A., Vargas Payera, S., Stauffacher, M., Ejderyan, O., 2021. The Role of Stakeholder Engagement in Geothermal Exploration Practices in Tolhuaca, Chile, in: World Geothermal Congress 2020. Reykjavik, Iceland, p. 8.
  • Martinez Reyes, A., Vargas Payera, S., Ejderyan, O., Stauffacher, M., 2018. Understanding social perception of geothermal energy in Chile. Presented at the Poster session of the SCCER-SoE Annual Conference 2018, Lucerne, Switzerland. 
  • Dancing
  • Outdoor sports
  • Playing the guitar
  • Eating sour food
  • Being around animals
  • Contemplating the ocean
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