Blanca Racionero Gómez is a researcher and project manager with a background in biological and environmental engineering technologies. She provides capacity and support on projects related to mining and the environment, reduction of mercury usage and other pollutants, and administrative support for both better business and good governance teams at Levin Sources.
Since joining Levin Sources, Blanca has conducted research on various minerals including those from conflict-affected and high-risk areas, development minerals and those needed for renewable energies, such as 3TGs, lithium, cobalt, lapis lazuli and talc. She has been working to understand the impacts of mining on forested areas, including developing a forest-smart mining concept and action pathway to safeguard biodiversity and forests. The green economy and metals required for a sustainable future is also a field of great interest to Blanca and one in which she has developed considerable expertise. Blanca is an experienced researcher with strong qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis skills, gained through laboratory and desk-based research projects. She is proficient in scientific research, data management and data analysis, conducting stakeholder interviews and convening local research teams , helping deliver accurate, insightful and prompt results to public and private sector clients.
In 2018, Blanca organised a workshop in Astana, Kazakhstan to stimulate new research to remediate mining polluted waterways. In 2019, Blanca led an analysis into good working practices carried out by different organisations and multi-stakeholder platforms to address child labour and poor working conditions in the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining sector (ASM). This desk-based research included more than 20 interviews with managers of multiple projects d addressing child labour around the globe, including those with a strong gender-based approach. More recently, Blanca has developed specific expertise in conceptualising and managing online knowledge portals. She produced webinars for the European Commission’s Due Diligence Ready! Portal, leads the development of the EPRM Knowledge Portal, an online portal to help SMEs conduct due diligence, and is conceptualising a portal with the International Labour Organisation including resources to help companies address child labour in ASM.
Blanca works pro bono with the International Women in Mining Association to assess and recommend ways to reduce their environmental impact. Blanca has a strong interest in tackling the effects of climate change, particularly because of the unequal threats it poses to different groups in society; climate change intersects with issues of race, gender, disability and nationality. Blanca works to understand these relationships with the aim of investigating how such unequal impacts can be reduced.
Blanca is a member of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) working group, reviewing the requirements of the ResponsibleSteel standard. She is also the co-author of chapter 13 “Mining and SDG 13: Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts“ in the “Mining and the SDGs” book.
Prior to joining Levin Sources, Blanca completed research projects on metal recovery from wastewater and training on metal uptake by macroalgae and various bio-adsorbents. She holds two degrees at Master level in Environmental Technology and Engineering, and Research in Geology and an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology.
Blanca works fluently in Spanish, Catalan and English, and has an intermediate level of French. She is based in Cambridge.