Foto Maite M AldayaMaite M. Aldaya is a researcher on water footprint and sustainability at the Institute for Innovation & Sustainable Development in the Food Chain (IS-FOOD) of the Public University of Navarre (UPNA) and member of the Young Academy of Spain. She is also associate researcher at the Water Observatory of the Botin Foundation and Water Footprint Network.

Maite is a biologist and has a PhD in environmental biology from the University of Navarra. She holds a MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has worked in several international organizations (UNEP, UN-Water, UNOPS and FAO). She has developed her research at different universities, such as the University of Twente (Netherlands), Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and Technical University of Madrid (Spain).

Her main fields of interest are the water footprint and the analysis of virtual water trade as an important element for the integrated water management, an interdisciplinary research field addressing sustainable resource use from a broader perspective, considering global supply chains, the relations between water management, consumption and trade and decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation.