I am a Senior Researcher Associate with a proleptic Academic Appointment at UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR). I have recently been awarded an ERC starting grant (LINKS) focusing on the role of climate finance to meet the Paris goals (2019-2024).
I joined UCL ISR in 2016 to lead the finance work of two EU Horizon2020 projects, entitled GREEN-WIN and RIPPLES. Both projects explore the cross-cutting role of finance in overcoming barriers to climate adaptation, mitigation and sustainability action with a particular emphasis on exploring avenues for integrating climate/sustainability public policies with mainstream finance framework and system.
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 several 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 Lab, UC 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.