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Appointment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

I am currently working as Senior Researcher Associate at UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources where I lead the finance research area of the GREEN-WIN and RIPPLES projects. I focus on climate and sustainability finance policies and governance arrangements in order to contribute to overcoming financial barriers to mitigation and adaptation.

Before joining UCL, I worked for the OECD (Green Growth Unit, Economics Department) as Marie-Curie Fellow, a two-year research grant funded by the European Commission. At the OECD I analysed the effectiveness of energy policies to boost energy investments in Europe. Prior to that, I worked for research centers (FEEM and ICCG) and institutions, including the Italian Association Energy Economics, where I was responsible for the Economic area (2009-2013).

During my PhD, I was visiting scholar at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy LabUC Berkeley under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Kammen (2010-2011). I have worked on a range of novel ways to overcome the first-investment costs of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

I got my PhD in Business Administration at Polytechnic University of Marche and University of California, Berkeley (co-tutorship of doctoral thesis) with a focus on energy financing policy. My research interests include renewable and energy efficiency deployment, climate finance and energy policy.

Research Summary

My research focuses on energy economicsclimate finance and policy evaluation. I have led the following projects:


The GREEN-WIN project

The GREEN-WIN project develops a major international transdisciplinary research collaboration to apply a solution-oriented approach targeted at increasing the understanding of links between climate action and sustainability and overcoming implementation barriers through win-win strategies. I’m leading the finance dimension area of the project.


The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) project

PACE is an innovative financing policy used in US to promote clean energy investment. I explored the application of PACE to the Italian context and its potential to provide a major boost towards the achievement of grid parity between solar energy and conventional sources in Italy. I have also conducted the first rigorous evaluation study of its effectiveness by employing a spatial regression discontinuity based on California data.

 

Technology adoption across OECD countries project

This project explores the slow adoption of clean energy investments. Using micro-data from the OECD Survey on Household Environmental Behaviour and Attitudes, I assess factors influencing households’ decision-making processes when adopting new clean energy technologies, with a particular attention to behavioural determinants.

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