Marion Dumas is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute. Her research interests encompass 1) green innovation, 2) the institutional processes underpinning decarbonisation, and 3) the interaction between reducing inequality and fighting climate change.
Recent projects have been focused on green innovation. She has in particular been investigating the role of technological coordination in accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy. Using the case of the automotive industry, this work sheds light on the risk of coordination failures across countries’ policies, across the R&D investments of different players in the supply chain, and across interdependent technologies. Another strand of work investigates the impact of AI on the pace of green innovation. A third strand analyses when and how green products go from niche expensive goods to mainstream affordable goods. This brings in relief the role of inequality in hindering this process, and of standards in accelerating it.
Other projects focus on questions relevant to the “just transition”. As part of a new European consortium named AdJUST, Marion is leading work on the extent to which citizens’ and firms’ attitudes toward the transition are shaped by policies that can ease the impact of the transition. She is also leading work on assessing the capacity of institutions to implement decarbonisation policies.
Marion is an environmental economist and political economist, also trained as an environmental scientist, broadly interested in how to reform both economic policies and institutions to contend with planetary boundaries.
She has previously done research on how environmental legal regimes develop, how they empower green constituencies and become capable of shaping the exercise of political power in a durable way.
Marion holds a B.Sc in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from MIT, a M.Sc in Environmental Sciences from the ETH Zurich, and a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University (during which she trained as an economist and political scientist). Before coming to LSE, Marion was an Omidyar postdoctoral fellow at the Santa Fe Institute.
Research - 2022
This working paper shows that ICT and AI have the potential to accelerate clean energy innovation, which is critical for reducing carbon emissions. Read more
There is growing interest in using text as data in social science research, particularly in economics. The availability of large... Read more
Research - 2021
To build better theories of cities, companies, and other social institutions such as universities, requires that we understand the tradeoffs... Read more
Performing a dramatic act of religious devotion, creating an art exhibit, or releasing a new product are all examples of... Read more
The authors of this paper study the incentives for green product innovation in industrial networks and how policies can affect them. Read more
Policy - 2023
This joint report from the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford and the Swedish Energy Agency highlights the critical role that finance ministries must play in the low-carbon energy transition. Read more
Policy - 2022
This report and brief provide improved estimates of the likely economic damages from climate change to the UK, highlighting where the greatest risks and need for adaptation are. These are translated into loss of socioeconomic welfare and reported as an equivalent loss of the UK’s GDP under two different policy scenarios – one in which current policies continue and another in which strong mitigation policies are put in place. Read more
Policy - 2021
This report is part of a series of papers prepared by Resources for the Future (RFF), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF),... Read more