Ghasideh Pourhashem, Ph.D., is a nonresident scholar at the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies. Pourhashem is broadly interested in incorporating sustainability into decision-making and how policies can help foster innovative approaches to sustainable energy development. Her work evaluates the environmental, economic and social impacts of climate change mitigation strategies and renewable energies. Her research at the focuses on the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of biochar applications as a carbon sequestration technique and a resource-saving method by affecting the fertilizer efficiency and agricultural soils. She has presented her work on sustainable renewable energy systems at several national and international conferences and meetings, and currently serves on the editorial advisory board of GCB Bioenergy Journal and the advisory board of the U.S. Biochar Initiative.
Pourhashem received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and a master’s in environmental engineering at Sharif University of Technology, and holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Drexel University. Her Ph.D. research focused on life-cycle environmental and cost analysis of renewable cellulosic biofuels implementing life-cycle assessment (LCA) methods.