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Dr Serban Scrieciu
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Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
London
WC1H 0NN
Tel: 02031086627
Appointment
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

My background is in the economics of sustainability, particularly on the economics of climate change mitigation policy action with an emphasis on the role of non-optimising, non-equilibrium system behaviour, bounded rationality, path dependency, complexity, and uncertainty. 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 degree 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

I am currently working on the topic of systems thinking for a sustainable built environment, with an emphasis on the interactions between climate, fairness and wealth. My current research takes a twofold approach. First, it investigates at the conceptual level, the extent to which systems thinking theory, principles and fundamentals could inform the economics literature to more effectively tackle the climate change problem. It argues that systems thinking could act as a catalyst and provide a common breeding ground for intra-disciplinary dialogue amongst various schools of economic thought, with positive knock-on effects for inter- and trans-disciplinary research. Second, my research will zoom into the climate-fairness-wealth nexus applied to the built environment, and analyse the inter-relatedness of these dimensions, which are considered critical for advancing prosperity along sustainability lines. Such linkages are studied with special reference to the UN's 2030 Agenda and the integrated implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) at the city level. 

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.

Appointments
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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