Mattia Romani

Visiting Senior Fellow

Mattia acts as the analytical lead on projects related to the economics of climate change at Grantham, with a focus on the transition to a low-carbon economy both in terms of private investment and public policy. For example, he has led a project on using public finance to leverage private capital in low-carbon investments in developing countries. 

He has published in the field of development economics, strategy and energy and climate policy.

Mattia is also Senior Advisor to McKinsey and Co| Climate Change Special Initiative.


Before joining McKinsey in September 2009, Mattia worked on the Stern team at the UK Government Department of Energy and Climate Change. In this role, he led projects on low-carbon growth strategies for China, India, South Korea and Japan. He was the UK representative on the China Task Force on a low-carbon economy (for the China Council).

Prior to this, he worked at Royal Dutch Shell as a Senior Economist in the scenarios team, supporting the Group's Chief Economist on advising the Executive Committee on a number of strategic and economic issues.

Before Shell, Mattia was an economist with the World Bank in Washington DC, where he worked on microeconomic research in the Research Group (DEC) and on projects related to information sharing and connectivity in the Africa region, in Côte d'Ivoire and Madagascar.  

Mattia obtained his DPhil in 2003 from the University of Oxford (St. Antony's College), where his research focused on the role of innovation in the agricultural commodity markets.

He studied his MSc in Development Studies at the London School of Economics. He gained his BSc at the Scuola S'Anna in Pisa (Italy) and attended a United World College.

Research programmes

Research interests

  • Economic growth and climate change;
  • Climate change finance;
  • International negotiations on climate change;
  • Carbon pricing policies;
  • Energy economics;
  • Low-carbon technologies and impact on macro economic trends.

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