Maria Carvalho

Policy Analyst

Maria works in the Policy team for the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & Environment (GRI), focusing on energy and climate policies for the EU, along with North American policy engagement. She initially joined the GRI as a PhD student in 2010.

Background

Maria’s PhD was on “The internationalisation of green technologies and the realisation of green growth”. Her research investigates how different economies can realise opportunities for green growth from various industrial activities (such as innovation, manufacturing and markets) based on: the comparative advantages of the economy; the stage of development a particular technology; and the costs of trade. The research also considers how political economy factors affect ‘who collaborates with whom’ in the international research of green technologies. The findings seek to advance the competitiveness debate by recognising the tension between the shift of green industrial activities (particularly manufacturing, and the locational implications on innovation), and the associated green growth in domestic economies.

Prior to her PhD, Maria worked for New Energy Finance (later acquired by Bloomberg) for two years in the Carbon Markets team. She has also consulted during her PhD for the World Bank, the Overseas Development Institute, the UN Commission on Trade and Development, the GRI at the LSE, and UCL’s Green Economy Policy Commission.

Maria holds a PhD with the Geography and Environment Department at the LSE (2015), an MSc in Environmental Policy & Regulation (2007 with Distinction), and a BAH in Economics & Development at Queen’s University, Canada (2006).

Research interests

  • Energy, climate and innovation policies, and impacts on low-carbon energy transitions
  • International political economy of green industrial policies, and its effects on global value chains of green technologies
  • Green growth and competitiveness
  • Role of the private sector in green technologies, markets, and investments
Policy report  5 December, 2017

The credibility of the European Union’s efforts to decarbonise the power sector

This report assesses the credibility of EU member states’ efforts to decarbonise the power sector – with credibility of policy commitments defined as ‘the likelihood that policymakers will keep their promises to implement the pledges or policies they announce’. read more »

Policy report  5 December, 2017

Credible, effective and publicly acceptable policies to decarbonise the European Union: Final report

This report investigates the extent to which current policies and institutional arrangements are fit for purpose for the new decarbonisation phase into which the EU is entering. It summarises the main findings from the Statkraft research programme. read more »

Policy report  5 December, 2017

How to make carbon taxes more acceptable

Taxing carbon is one of the best ways to incentivise the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions but is often faced with opposition. This report explores practical ways through which carbon taxes can be made more politically attractive. read more »

Policy report  24 April, 2017

UK export opportunities in the low-carbon economy

This policy brief outlines the opportunities and threats to trade in low-carbon goods and services in the UK. read more »

2016

Policy presentation  19 December, 2016

Brexit: implications on climate policy

Presentation given at the LSE Conference ‘Britain and Europe: Towards Brexit?’ in Brussels on 8th December 2016. read more »

Policy presentation  16 December, 2016

Implications of Brexit on Climate Policy

Presentation given at the Britain and Europe: Towards Brexit? LSE Workshop on 6 December 2016.

Policy paper  2 November, 2016

Submission to the inquiry on ‘Brexit: environment and climate change’ by the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

This is a submission by the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of … read more »

Policy presentation  21 September, 2016

A Fit-for-Purpose Energy Policy for the European Union

Presentation to the British Institute of Energy Economics Conference in Oxford on 21 September 2016.

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Commentary  16 August, 2017

At your service: how exporting more low-carbon services could enhance the UK’s future prosperity

The future of the UK’s trade with the EU and beyond is currently uncertain. What is certain is that the UK will need to secure trade deals to guarantee its … read more »

Commentary  8 February, 2017

UK needs free trade with the European Union in low-carbon technologies

The cost of climate change mitigation in the UK will increase without a free trade agreement in low-carbon equipment with the European Union say Maria Carvalho and Damien Dussaux in this commentary article. read more »

Commentary  16 January, 2017

With or without you? Why the European Union’s climate targets will be harder to meet post-Brexit

The UK has played an important role in shaping and advancing European action on climate change. Without it, other Member States will find themselves picking up the slack or the EU will miss its greenhouse gas target for 2030, write Maria Carvalho and Sam Fankhauser. read more »

2015

In the news  11 December, 2015

8 things to know about climate economics

World Economic Forum, 7 December

Commentary  13 November, 2015

The great tamasha of India’s environmental politics

Maria Carvalho writes that India can meet environmental targets and reduce poverty at the same time, but it must overcome significant hurdles to do so. read more »

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2016

Grantham Workshop 19 Oct 2016

Grantham Workshop | Maria Carvalho 'Accessing knowledge spillovers through international research collaborations: analysis of solar PV innovation networks'

Maria Carvalho, a Policy Analyst at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, will be the speaker for this seminar.

2013

Public Lectures 20 Nov 2013

Climate Change and Cocktails

Speakers: Included David Stainforth, Naomi Hicks, Maria Carvalho, Amelia Sharman, David Wilson and Murray Collins Climate change experts from the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE and at Imperial College … read more »

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