Caterina is an Associate Professor of Environmental Economics at Queen Mary University and Director of the Centre for Globalisation Research. She has broad interdisciplinary interests on complex phenomena, mostly related to the environment and climate change. Her research acknowledges the interplay between environmental economics, development and political economy, with distinctive work on imperative issues like climate policy, deforestation, informal waste dumping and conflict. Caterina’s recent work revolves around three main themes: i) climate policy evaluation, with a defining focus on its unintended effects, ii) determinants of climate policy adoption at the domestic and international level, and iii) political economy analysis of environmental issues in developing countries.  


Caterina holds an MSc in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra and a PhD in Economics from Bocconi University. During her PhD, she was visiting the University of Chicago.

Research interests

  • Political economy;
  • Development;
  • Applied-Microeconometrics;
  • Corruption.


Research - 2022

Research - 2021

Research - 2018

Research - 2016

Research - 2015

This paper is the first large scale, quantitative study of the impact of corporate carbon management practices on corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Using data for 2009 and 2010 from the Carbon Disclosure Project survey, we find little compelling evidence that commonly adopted management practices are reducing emissions. Read more

The number of climate change laws in major economies has grown from less than 40 in 1997 to almost 500 at the end of 2013. The passage of these laws is influenced by both domestic and international factors. This paper reviews the main international factors, drawing on a powerful new dataset of climate legislation in 66 national jurisdictions. We find that the propensity to legislate on climate change is heavily influenced by the passage of similar laws elsewhere, suggesting a strong and so far under-appreciated role for international policy diffusion. Read more

Research - 2014

Research - 2013


Books - 2018


Events - 2015

Events - 2014


News - 2016

Keep in touch with the Grantham Research Institute at LSE
Sign up to our newsletters and get the latest analysis, research, commentary and details of upcoming events.