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Shakira R. Hobbs, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


354H Raymond Building



Assistant Professor, Civil Engineer, University of Kentucky (2019-present)


Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Virginia (2017-2019)

PhD, Civil Engineering, Clemson University (2017)

MS, Engineering (Environmental), Arizona State University (2014)

BS, Environmental Science and Technology, University of Maryland, College Park (2012)

Shakira R. Hobbs, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Shakira Hobbs’ scholarship explores multi-disciplinary approaches to sustainable engineering, international development, and life cycle thinking applied to the food-energy-water nexus. In 2018, she founded BioGals, a US non-profit organization that works internationally, empowering women of color to create sustainable solutions. Through community-engaged work with residents of Sittee River in Belize, BioGals has applied LCA and piloted anaerobic digestion to supplement cooking fuels needs with the community. Broadening participation, gender, and global competency are complementary areas of research for her.

Selected Publications

Hobbs, Shakira R., Bethany Gordon, Evvan V. Morton, Leidy Klotz.  (2019). “Black women engineers as allies in adoption of environmental technology: Evidence from a developing community in Belize.” Environmental Engineering Science 

Hobbs, Shakira R., Amy E. Landis, Bruce E. Rittmann, Michelle Young and Prathap Parameswaran. (2018). “Enhancing Anaerobic Digestion of food waste through Biochemical Methane Potential Assays at different substrate: inoculum ratios.” Waste Management

Hobbs, Shakira R., Evvan E. Morton, Nicole Barclay and Amy E. Landis. (2018). “Sustainability Approach: Food waste to energy solutions for small rural developing communities." International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review

Unger, Scott R., Troy A. Hottle, Shakira R. Hobbs, Cassandra L. Thiel, Nicole Campion, Melissa M. Bilec, Amy E. Landis. (2017). “Do single-use medical devices containing biopolymer reduce the environmental impacts of surgical procedures compared with their plastic equivalents?” Journal of Health Services Research and Policy