Marion is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute. Marion’s research focuses on barriers to radical green innovation that arise because of the strategic interactions and interdependencies between firms in industrial networks. One goal is to identify institutions that can facilitate faster and more radical technological change and thereby complement price incentives. In the next few years, Marion intends to contribute both theoretically and empirically to our understanding of green growth, in particular how the imperative of green growth interacts with the current trend towards increasing automation, which is reshaping labour markets and macroeconomic constraints.
To learn to contend with planetary boundaries in this century, Marion believes we must revisit our fundamental understanding of both economics and politics. Thus, in addition to searching for pragmatic and applicable policy insights, Marion is interested in developing the social science theory of sustainability. Some of the questions she would like to explore with others in the near future include 1) how do we move economic analysis beyond marginalist thinking, to take into account tipping points at multiple scales? 2) what are the strengths and weaknesses of different forms of capitalism to forge new growth paths for sustainability? 3) how can we institutionalize consideration of the long-term in governments and companies? 4) what allows a regulatory system to remain adaptive and experimental in order to effectively deal with change?
Marion is a political economist, also trained as an environmental scientist, broadly interested in how to reform both economic and political 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