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  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

My background is in the economics of sustainability, particularly on the economics of climate change mitigation policy action. My research has emphasised the role of non-optimising, non-equilibrium system behaviour, path dependency, inequality, innovation, complexity, and uncertainty, all often applied at the science-policy interface. Previous to my current position at UCL, I worked in the international policy environment for five years at the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and Directorate-General for Employment and Social Inclusion) and UNEP (Energy branch of the Division for Technology, Industry and Economics). Before this, I was in academia, acting primarily as a researcher for around 10 years (University of Cambridge, University of Greenwich, The University of Manchester, and Vienna University of Economics and Business). I obtained my PhD from The University of Manchester (UK) in 2005 and an MA degree in 2001 in Development Economics from the University of Sussex (UK). 

Research Summary

My work at UCL explores the extent to which core concepts and principles from systems thinking and complexity economics could inform a richer understanding of sustainability issues applied to the built environment and how it can better leverage transformational change in this respect. Several fundamental properties are investigated in this respect, such as holism and interconnectedness; system boundaries and structures; open systems and non-linear dynamics; heterogeneity and sub-optimality; uncertainty and endogenous innovation; feedback loops, system constraints and time delays; and self-organisation, emergent behaviour and regime change. These core concepts could act as guiding principles or criteria when developing and deploying a range of quantitative and qualitative methods and models to investigate sustainability changes of the built environment. A further broad interdisciplinary topic that I have been tackling during my work at UCL is that of investigating the meaning of model validation and to what extent the criteria deployed for validation scientific models exploring sustainability issues and aiming to inform decision-makers need to be revised or expanded. Other research interests include: climate change economics and just transitions, the SDGs and city transformations, and the science-arts interface in relation to delivering low-carbon, socially-inclusive transformations. Network interactions, workshop organisation and discussions with UCL colleagues and beyond are an integral part of my work. 

Teaching Summary

I am currently not undertaking any teaching. However, in my past experience, I have taught and coordinated a Master's module on climate change economics. I have also given seminars and tutorials on trade and sustainable development. I am also particularly interested in communicating research not only to policy makers but also to pupils in schools when the opportunity arises - for instance, I was involved in explaining to secondary school pupils some basic aspects pertaining to energy sources, generation and climate change.

25-MAR-2019 Senior Research Fellow (Systems Thinking, Built Environment) Bartlett Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
15-APR-2018 – 15-MAR-2019 Policy Officer & Analyst (EU Social Policy) Directorate-General for Employment and Social Inclusion European Commission, Belgium
01-NOV-2016 – 15-MAR-2018 Independent Research Consultant (Climate economics) Independent Research and Consultancy  , Romania
01-OCT-2014 – 01-OCT-2016 Policy Analyst (EU Energy & Climate Policy) Directorate-General for Energy European Commission, Belgium
01-NOV-2011 – 31-OCT-2013 Reader (Economics for Sustainability) Natural Resources Institute University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
15-AUG-2009 – 15-JUL-2011 Project Manager (Climate Policy) Division for Technology, Industry and Economics United Nations Environment Programme, France
15-JUN-2006 – 01-AUG-2009 Senior Research Associate (Climate Economics) Department of Land Economy University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2002 – 15-JUN-2006 Research Assistant (Trade & Sustainable Development) Institute for Development Policy and Management The University of Manchester, United Kingdom
15-SEP-1997 – 15-SEP-2000 Economist (public finances) Department of Public Debt and Macroeconomic Analysis Ministry of Public Finances of Romania, Romania
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