The Team

Programme Leads

Dr Jean-Francois Mercure

EEIST Director and Science Lead

Jean-Francois is Senior Lecturer in Global Systems and Assistant Director of Policy Impact at Exeter’s Global Systems Institute.

He pioneers models and methods for public policy appraisal in low-carbon innovation based on complexity science, and for assessing the macroeconomic impacts of low-carbon, energy and climate policies.

Prof Jorge Viñuales

Co-Lead: EEIST Engagement with Partner Countries

Jorge is Harold Samuel Chair of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge.

He is the founder and former Director of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG). Chairman, Compliance Committee, WHO-UNECE Protocol on Water and Health. Director-General, Latin-American Society of International Law (Sao Paulo). Member of Panel of Arbitrators (Shanghai Centre).

Dr Matthew Ives

Leads EEIST Construction of New Economic Models

Matthew is Programme Manager of the Oxford Martin Post-Carbon Transition Programme.

He has expertise in complexity based economic models, as well as significant private and public sector experience across programmes related to sustainability on land, air and sea.

Dr Pablo Salas Bravo

Co-Lead: EEIST Engagement with Partner Countries

Pablo is Deputy Director of the University of Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), and Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellow in Radical Innovation and Disruption at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

Pablo is an engineer and economist, with particular expertise as researcher and practitioner in low-carbon innovation and technology transfer.

Prof Michael Grubb

Leads EEIST Theoretical Framework Development

Michael is Research Director and Professor of Energy and Climate Change at University College London’s Institute for Sustainable Resources.

A former Senior Advisor to UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (the energy regulator, Ofgem). Michael also chaired UK Government’s Panel of Technical Experts on Electricity Market Reform, and he was previously Chief Economist to UK Carbon Trust, and Head of Energy and Environment at Chatham House.

Prof Laura Diaz Anadon

Leads EEIST Empirical Evidence for General Principles for Policy-Making

Laura is Chair Professor of Climate Change Policy and a Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG).

She is also a research associate at the Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School. Laura is an expert in energy and climate policy, innovation and science policy, decision making under uncertainty, technological change and integrated analysis.

Hector Pollitt

Leads EEIST Science Translation for Practical Application

Hector is Chief Economist at Cambridge Econometrics (CE).

He has over 16 years’ experience in macroeconometrics and complex economic modelling. His work focuses on applying complex modelling methods to a wide range of practical policy applications, informing policy-makers directly, notably for Environmental Impact Assessments at the European Commission, as well as for BEIS and the UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

University of Exeter Programme Coordination

Dr Sarah Tupper

EEIST Programme Manager

Sarah is a Senior Impact and Partnership Development Manager at the University of Exeter and is the Programme Delivery Manager for EEIST.

Sarah has experience of developing and delivering large and international programmes of research. Since 2016, Sarah has led on the strategic oversight of University of Exeter’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) portfolio. This includes oversight of over 35 international research projects, and delivery of an internal £1m ODA budget. Sarah has extensive experience in programme management, and at the science-innovation interface across thematic areas including Climate and Environmental Change, Health, Food Systems and Conflict.

Jacqui Richards

EEIST Project Officer

Jacqui is an Impact and Partnership Development Officer at the University of Exeter on the EEIST project.

Dr Femke Nijsse

Femke is postdoctoral researcher in climate policy.  She completed a PhD in Mathematics, analysing model output and climate sensitivity.  Femke has joined Jean-Francois Mercure’s group to study the use of complexity science in models for analysing the impacts of climate policy, engaging with policy-makers in different countries.

Prof Cameron Hepburn

Cameron Hepburn is Director of the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE).

He has published widely on energy, resources and environmental challenges across a range of disciplines. Cameron is Professor of Environmental Economics at the Smith School and at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School. He is also involved in policy formation, including as a member of the DECC Secretary of State’s Economics Advisory Group.

Prof Doyne Farmer

Doyne Farmer is Director of the Complexity Economics programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) at the Oxford Martin School.

He is also a Professor in the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford, and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. His current research is in economics, including agent-based modelling, financial instability and technological progress.

Dr Matthew Ives

Leads EEIST Construction of New Economic Models

Matthew is Programme Manager of the Oxford Martin Post-Carbon Transition Programme.

He has expertise in complexity based economic models, as well as significant private and public sector experience across programmes related to sustainability on land, air and sea.

Prof Andrea Roventini

Andrea is full Professor at the Institute of Economics of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy), and Research Fellow at OFCE Sciences Po (France). Andrea provides Complexity Economics expertise to the EEIST Programme.

He holds a PhD in Economics and Management from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. His main research interests include complex system analysis, agent-based computational economics, business cycles, economic growth and the study of the effects of monetary, fiscal, technology, innovation and climate-change policies. He is currently the principal investigator and consortium coordinator of the Horizon 2020 GROWINPRO project financed by the European Commission. He has been involved in the projects IMPRESSIONS, DOLFINS, and ISIGrowth financed by the European Commission. He is editor of Industrial and Corporate Chance – Macro Economics and Development and advisory editor of the Journal of Evolutionary Economics.

Giovanni Dosi

Giovanni is Professor at the Institute of Economics of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

He also serves as co-director of the Industrial Policy and Intellectual Property Rights task forces at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. Giovanni is included in the ISI Highly Cited Research list, denoting those who made fundamental contributions to the advancement of science and technology. His research focuses on the economics of innovation and technological change, industrial economics, evolutionary theory, economic growth and development, as well as organizational studies.

Prof Francesco Lamperti

Francesco is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Economics and the EMbeDS Department at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and scientist at the RFF-CMCC European Institute of Economics and the Environment based in Milan.

Francesco has research expertise in macroeconomics, agent based and integrated assessment modelling, climate change economics and dynamics of natural disasters.

Prof Francesca Chiaromonte

Francesca is Professor of Statistics at the Institute of Economics, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

She also works at Penn State University, USA, in the Department for Statistics. In 2019, Francesca was named the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Statistics for the Life Sciences. Francesca is a statistician developing methods for the analysis of large, high-dimensional and complex data, applying such methods in several scientific fields – including contemporary “Omics” sciences, Meteorology and Economics.

Roberto Buizza

Roberto is Professor of Physics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

Roberto has particular expertise in physics of the Atmosphere, climate, meteorology and predictability, having previously worked at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). Roberto also works on communication of climate change science to the public and development of impactful strategies to deal with climate change.

Prof João Carlos Ferraz

João Carlos Ferraz is Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro’s (UFRJ) Institute Federal UniIE.

Vice-President and Executive Director, National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), responsible for Economic Research, Corporate Planning and Risk Management (2007- 2016). Prof Ferraz was Director of the Division of Productive Development, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations (2003-2007).

Prof Esther Dweck

Esther is Professor at the Instituto de Economia (IE) at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

Her research expertise spans macroeconomics, with emphasis on public sector, economic growth and development, working mainly on fiscal regimes and the role of the state, demand-led growth, micro-macro integration, agent based modelling, and analysis of input-output. Between June 2011 and March 2016, she worked in the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management, in the position of Chief Economist and Federal Budget Secretary.

Prof Carlos Eduardo Frickmann Young

Carlos is Associate Professor at the Instituto de Economia (IE) at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

Helder Queiroz Pinto Jr

Helder is a Professor at the Instituto de Economia (IE) at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). His major research interests include energy policy, energy industries institutional reforms and regulation.

Prof Nelson Barbosa

Nelson Barbosa is Professor at São Paulo School of Economics, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV EESP).

He was Brazil’s Minister of Planning, Budget and Management (2015) and Minister of Finance (2016) during the Rousseff administration. During the Lula administration, Barbosa was Secretary of Economic Policy and Monitoring. Nelson has particular expertise in economic planning and policy, growth and income distribution, as well as its implications for the environment and financial stability.

Prof José Maria F. J. da Silveira

José Maria is Professor at the Institute of Economics at Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil.

He is lead researcher of two biofuel-related projects and has led several national and international projects sponsored by FAPESP, CNPQ, World Bank and IDRC. His works have been published in high impact journals such as Scientometrics and Research Policy. His main research interests include innovation economics, adaptive complex systems, complex social networks, agriculture and biotechnology, and sustainable energy and biofuels.

Prof Marcelo C. Pereira

Marcelo is Associate Professor at the IE, UNICAMP, Brazil.

He is also research fellow at the Institute of Economics, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies- Pisa, Italy. He holds a PhD in Economics from UNICAMP. His main research interests include agent-based modelling, adaptive complex systems, complex social networks, innovation, business cycles and crises, endogenous growth and structural change, labor markets dynamics and climate-change policies.

Prof Zhang Xiliang

Zhang Xiliang is Professor and Director of the Institute of Energy, Environment, and Economy at Tsinghua University.

He is also Director of the Tsinghua-MIT China Energy and Climate Project, and Director of China Automotive Energy Research Center, Tsinghua University. Zhang has expertise across low-carbon energy economy transformation, integrated assessment of energy and climate policies, renewable energy and automotive energy. Since 2015, he has headed the expert group on China’s national carbon market design under the Department of Climate Change of Ministry of Ecology and Environment.


Dr ZHOU Li is an Associate Professor of the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University, and Deputy Director of China Carbon Market Center (CCMC).

She is an expert in the field of key technologies and national policies related to climate change and energy issues. She was an author of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA) report, National Assessment Report on Climate Change, and China’s national assessment report on climate change. Some of the results were adopted as technical support for national policy making, like provincial carbon emissions intensity control targets and national carbon market design.

Dr Da Zhang

Dr Da Zhang is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University.

His main research interests are the economic and environmental analyses of China’s energy and climate policies.

Songli Zhu

Songli Zhu is Associate Professor at the Energy Research Institute, China.

Songli has expertise in theory, policy and countermeasures concerning energy and its environmental consequences. She provides technical support to decision-making to China’s National Development and Reform Commission and other ministries on issues of energy and environment coordination development. Songli has devoted herself to China’s mitigation policy analysis in her almost 20-year career.

Dr Kejun Jiang

Kejun Jiang is Director of the Energy System Analysis and Market Analysis Research Centre at the Energy Research Institute (ERI), China, and visiting professor at Tsinghua University.

His research interests concern energy systems planning for China, global energy and emissions scenarios, air pollution and informing climate policy nationally and internationally. He has been a contributing lead author in the IPCC process since the special report on emissions scenarios (SRES) in 2000.  He was coordinating lead author of chapter 6 on assessing transformation pathways of the fifth assessment report (AR5), and will be lead author of Chapter 3 on mitigation pathways of the upcoming sixth assessment report.

Zhangang Han

Zhangang Han received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, and the Ph.D. degree in artificial intelligence from the Institute of Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, in 1997.,He is currently a Professor with the Department of Systems Science, School of Management, Beijing Normal University. He is the Chairman of his department and the Director of the System Analysis Laboratory. (Read more)

Dr Ritu Mathur

Ritu Mathur is Director of Integrated Assessments & Modelling at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI, India).

An economist by training, Ritu has been working in the fields of sustainable development, energy security, mitigation & climate change for more than 2 decades. She was a Lead Author in WG III of the IPCC AR5, was involved in the IPCC AR4 approval process where she represented the India delegation, and is part of the global network of Integrated Assessment Modellers.

Dr Ajay Mathur

Ajay Mathur is Director General of TERI – The Energy & Resources Institute, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change.

He was Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in the Government of India from 2006 until February, 2016, responsible for bringing energy efficiency into homes, offices, and factories. He previously headed the Climate Change Team of World Bank in Washington DC, and was President of Suzlon Energy Limited. Ajay has been a key Indian climate-change negotiator, and was the Indian spokesperson at the 2015 climate negotiations at Paris.

Ulka Kelkar

Ulka is Director of World Resource Institute’s (WRI) India’s Climate Program.

She is an economist with 20 years’ experience in interdisciplinary research, capacity building, and outreach on climate change. At WRI her research focuses on national climate policy, sub-national climate governance, and carbon market mechanisms.

Apurba Mitra

Apurba is Policy Lead for the Climate and Energy programs in WRI India, managing government engagement on climate and energy policy at the national and sub-national levels in India.

She is also the country lead for the Open Climate Network and is responsible for tracking national progress on climate change through independent, robust, consistent, and transparent assessments.

Ashwini Hingne

Ashwini is a Manager with the Climate program of WRI India.

Ashwini leads WRI’s India’s work on carbon markets. Her work focusses on areas at the intersection of climate, economics and development, which comprises topics such as Carbon Pricing and Sustainable Development linkages of climate actions.

Aman Srivastava

Aman is a Lead Economist at WRI India where he works on scaling up the institution’s economic research across its areas of focus.

Aman was a chapter author for the UNFCCC SCF’s 2016 Biennial Assessment report, and prior to working at WRI, Aman has also worked in banking and financial inclusion.

Dr Cristina Peñasco

Christina is a University of Cambridge Lecturer in public Policy at POLIS (Department of Politics and International Studies). At Cambridge, she is also a Bye-Fellow at Queens’ College, a Centre Fellow at Centre for the Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), and an associate researcher of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy.

Her research is multidisciplinary in nature, bringing together aspects of environmental economics, innovation policy and energy economics in green and energy efficiency technologies, with a focus on policy instruments enabling the transition to low-carbon economies.

Paul Drummond

Paul is Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London (UCL). His research surrounds policy and economics for climate change mitigation, energy, resources and pollution policy, with a particular focus on the EU and UK.

Paul has coordinated a number of EU projects, including the EU Horizon 2020 Project INNOPATHS (Innovation Pathways, Strategies and Policies for the Low-Carbon Transition in Europe).

Professor Aled Jones

Aled is the Director of the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) at Anglia Ruskin University. He is one of the acknowledged global leaders in public-private finance related to the green economy.

Aled is currently leading a team to build a global model to explore political fragility from resource crisis. He was lead author on the seminal report on resource constraints to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in 2013, and is a Co-Investigator on the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), the AHRC Debating Nature’s Value network and the EU H2020 MEDEAS project.

Dr Chris Foulds

Chris is a Principal Research Fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University.

He is Principal Investigator on the EU Energy-SHIFTS project, the EPSRC Energy PIECES project and led the EU H2020 SHAPE-ENERGY project. Chris is an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist, with a keen interest in how people (households or professionals) respond to interventions that target reductions in how much they consume.

Dr Roberto Pasqualino

Roberto is a Visiting Research Fellow with the GSI, having recently completed Doctoral studies, designing a computational model to explore the nexus between economic growth, financial risk, and natural resource scarcity at the global level, using system dynamics.

Dr Sarah Royston

Sarah carries out interdisciplinary research on energy and sustainability, focusing especially on issues of policy, governance and social practice.

Unnada Chewpreecha

Unnada is a Principal Modeller at Cambridge Econometrics (CE), with over 12 years of experience in the development and application of CE’s E3ME model, as well as custom-made country-specific E3 models for Thailand, India, Brazil, Kosovo and the US.

Unnada has responsibility for model maintenance, integration of model components to the main framework and for maintaining model availability for partner institutions.

Andrzej Błachowicz

Andrzej Błachowicz is Managing Director of Climate Strategies. Andrzej has been involved in climate change and energy policy issues since 2001.

He served as a Cabinet Member and advisor on climate change to the Polish Minister of Environment during the Polish EU Presidency. Andrzej’s previous posts included managing international cooperation at the Polish National Centre for Emission Management (KASHUE-KOBiZE). Andrzej has been one of Poland’s leading experts during the negotiations of the EU climate and energy package, as well as in the UNFCCC process.

Julie-Anne Hogbin

Julie-Anne is the Programme and Communication Manager at Climate Strategies. She has extensive experience successfully delivering impactful projects across the commercial, public, academic and NGO sectors.

Previous roles include Project Manager for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), where she was involved in the delivery of air quality and clean energy projects. Before that, she worked as a Centre Manager at the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) at the University of Surrey and as a Project and Institute Manager at the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University.