Background

Christian Blanco is an assistant professor of operations management at the Fisher College of Business. He joined the Management Sciences department after receiving his PhD from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2017. Christian examines how firms manage their climate change-related risks and opportunities. 

Many firms are now responding to climate change-related risks, but there is a wide variation in how firms respond to climate change. "One of the ways to examine how firms are responding to climate change is to look at the different investments they pursue to reduce their carbon footprint," Christian explains. "I use data analytics and machine learning to identify the most profitable or cost-effective way for firms to reduce their carbon emissions."

Christian uses data collected by the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) to examine how corporate responses to climate change evolved. "If you look at the climate change disclosures of large, publicly traded companies in 2007, many corporations did not identify any risks associated with climate change. In 2016, corporate responses to climate change became more detailed and comprehensive," he says. "I examine management practices that are associated with these shifts."

His research mostly focuses on carbon footprinting, carbon emissions reduction, carbon emissions standards, and verifying whether these management practices create value or reduce costs for the company. 

Prior to pursuing his PhD at UCLA, Blanco was part of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab at UC Berkeley. He collaborated with a team of scientists in developing a model called “SWITCH” that identifies the least-cost combination of energy technologies that will provide low-carbon electricity in 11 western states.


Awards

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2011-2014)
  • UCLA Anderson Doctoral Fellowship (2012-2016)
  • UCLA Easton Technology Leadership Program (Summer 2014; 2015)
  • UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management Award (Summer 2014)
  • NETL DoE Research Grant $125,000 (co-authored grant with Jay Apt 2012-2014)
  • UC LEADS Professional Development Grant (UC Berkeley 2010-2011)

    Areas of Interest

  • Sustainability issues in operations management
  • Carbon footprinting in supply chains
  • Impact of risk assessments on safety
  • Energy production and technology management

Areas of Expertise

Logistics/Supply Chain Management

  • Supply Chain Risk and Resilience

Production/Operations Management

  • Operations Strategy
  • Technology Management

Sustainability/Corporate Responsibility

Education

  • PhD, UCLA Anderson School of Management (2017)
  • AB, Applied Mathematics, UC Berkeley (2011)

  • AB, Environmental Economics and Policy, UC Berkeley (2011)

Publications

[6] Blanco, C. (2021). Supply chain carbon footprinting and climate change disclosures of global firms. Production and Operations Management. [Link]

[5] Blanco, C., Caro, F., & Corbett, C. J. (2020). Do carbon abatement opportunities become less profitable over time? A global firm-level perspective using CDP data. Energy Policy138, 111252. [Link]

[4] Blanco, C., Caro, F., & Corbett, C. J. (2019). Managing safety‐related disruptions: Evidence from the US nuclear power industry. Risk Analysis39(10), 2197-2213. [Link]

[3]Blanco, C., Caro, F., & Corbett, C. J. (2017). An inside perspective on carbon disclosure. Business Horizons, 60(5), 635-646. [Link]

[2] Blanco, C., Caro, F., & Corbett, C. J. (2016). The state of supply chain carbon footprinting: Analysis of CDP disclosures by US firms. Journal of Cleaner Production, 135, 1189-1197. [Link]

[1] Nelson, J., Johnston, J., Mileva, A., Fripp, M., Hoffman, I., Petros-Good, A., Blanco, C., and Kammen, D. M. (2012). High-resolution modeling of the western North American power system demonstrates low-cost and low-carbon futures. Energy Policy, 43, 436-447. [Link]

Working Papers

 

Courses

  • BUSMGT 3230 - Introduction to Operations Management: Improving Competitiveness in Organizations

    Introduction to operations and supply chain management to improve manufacturing and service organizations; analyzing, controlling and improving resources and processes to increase productivity, generate value-added output and meet business goals. Prereq: Econ 2001.01 (200), 2002.01 (201); and Stat 1430 (133) or equivalent. Not open to students with credit for 3130 (430) or 630, or to students enrolled in UUSS, UExp or PreBSBA-PR.

  • BUSMGT 7253 - Sustainable Operations

    Reviews several sustainable operations strategy models and examines different ways of adopting eco-efficiency principles into business operations through waste reduction and design for recovery. Highlights factors that promote these efforts, such as environmental laws and product returns. Prereq: Enrollment in MBA or WPMBA program.