Sini Matikainen was a Policy Analyst with the Grantham Research Institute from June 2016 until September 2018


Before joining the Grantham Institute, Sini worked at the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) Secretariat at the European Central Bank on the potential systemic risk to the financial sector of a transition to a low-carbon economy.  The resulting paper focused particularly on macroeconomic impacts of energy price shocks and financial system exposure to carbon-intensive assets, and the associated macroprudential policy implications. She has research experience at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin and Stanford’s political science department, and also worked for a time in tech startups.

She holds a BA in economics, with distinction, from Stanford University; an MSc in International Management and CEMS from ESADE Business School; and an MSc in Environment and Development, with distinction, from the LSE, where her master’s dissertation developed a new quantitative methodology to examine the relationship between media framing and public engagement online.

Sini’s research interests include low-carbon finance and investment, growth and innovation, and sustainable development.


Research - 2018


Policy - 2018

Policy - 2017

Ongoing concerns about the best policies to achieve affordability have led to three reviews: of energy costs, of the Levy Control Framework, and of carbon pricing. This paper draws on research findings and empirical evidence to identify key principles and issues that should be taken into account by the Government in relation to these separate but related reviews. Read more

Policy - 2016


Books - 2018


News - 2018

News - 2017

Programmes by the European Central Bank (ECB) and Bank of England designed to boost economic growth after the 2008 financial crash could inadvertently be giving high-carbon sectors an advantage over their low-carbon counterparts. These measures, including quantitative easing, may be coming to an end, but their ‘high-carbon skew’ could have a long term impact on the UK and Eurozone. Read more

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